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J.K. Palmer

JKPalmer has written three children’s books working collaboratively with her award winning Illustrators, Karen Wilke Heyse and Scott Harding. In her books, she seeks to creatively engage children, and the adults in their lives, with delightfully captivating story lines and subtle concepts of courage, acceptance, and the power of love.

Palmer’s career as a therapist and writer of the human condition has spanned over 40 years. She earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health and has worked in various settings in the field of psychology. Palmer was a featured writer with several
regional newspapers throughout the Midwest, and has conducted numerous seminars and workshops around the subjects of brain science, personality, and how to just get along in this world.

J.K. Palmer lives in Door County, WI with her husband in a log cabin in the woods. She enjoys all things nature.

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Gladys Sings

2014, Timberhouse Publishing

Most things are possible if we only dare to imagine. 

Gladys Sings is the story of a hen who has a very big imagination. And even though she meets with the disapproval of the other hens, she continues to pursue her rather odd dream, by chicken standards, of one day becoming an opera singer.
With the love and support of her community, her courage and confidence grows...
and Gladys achieves more than she ever thought possible.
Suitable for ages 3-8. Available on Amazon


Elwood the Moose  

2019, Timberhouse Publishing

Sometimes the simple things in life end up becoming the most treasured.

Elwood the Moose is the story of a young moose who leaves his family and friends for a life of independence and adventure in the great wilderness. Only after many perilous encounters does he discover that the best adventures in life are the ones we have with those we love.
Suitable for ages 3-8 Available on Amazon

The House That Moved-

A Door County Adventure

2021, Timberhouse Publishing

Change doesn't have to be scary. Many times it holds secret delights and magical moments.

The House that Moved is the story of a family that loved their house and the house that loved them right back. Their devotion to one another was so strong that not even a separation would keep them apart. Suitable for ages 2-8. Available through the author's facebook page and by contacting her at

Other Works

Former columnist for: Kane County Chronical, and the Door County Advocate
Manuscripts: Little Maple, Dudley Droplet, The Happy Prince
Song Lyrics: "My Door County Home"
Currently Working on: The Peloponnese Story, and a book of children’s bedtime stories.

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