Valerie Coulman, Oregon Book Award finalist
Valerie Coulman, Oregon Book Award finalist joins Sunrise to talk about her book "Dragons on the Inside (And Other Big Feelings)”

Oregon Book Award Finalist Joins NBC 5 for an Interview on Sunrise

MEDFORD, Ore. — Author Valerie Coulman joined NBC 5 News at Sunrise live for an interview about her recent book and to talk a bit about her journey as an author in Southern Oregon.

Valerie was announced as a finalist for the 2024 Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature by the Oregon Book Awards for her book “Dragons on the Inside (And Other Big Feelings)”.

Literary Arts announced the 2024 Oregon Book Awards January 23rd. It says 37 Oregonians across seven genre categories were chosen as finalists by panels of out-of-state judges, from a total of 190 submitted titles. Valerie, who lives in Medford, was the only finalist from Southern Oregon out of any category, and 1 of 5 finalists for the Children’s Literature Award.

The award winners will be announced live at the 2024 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony, hosted by Kwame Alexander, at Portland Center Stage at The Armory on Monday, April 8.

“Dragons on the Inside (And Other Big Feelings)” centers on helping children recognize their inner feelings and discover ways to regulate big emotions. Valerie said she was inspired to write the book while teaching during the pandemic.

“Adults have a hard time describing their emotions and kids even more so because they haven’t had the experience of what this is. And so we started playing with this idea of turning those into pictures. Of how would you describe what’s going on inside you right now.”

Watch the full interview with Sunrise Anchor Mollie Smith above for more.

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Ben Blake was a Producer/Reporter for NBC5 News who departed in June, 2024. He’s a Klamath Falls native who graduated from Oregon State University with a Digital Communication degree. While at OSU, he was a producer and on-air talent at KBVR-TV and KBVR-FM. He also worked for PAC-12 Networks and OSU Athletics. In his free time, Ben likes to play just about any sport. He also plays the piano, guitar, and trumpet.
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