Carmel author’s debut book published 20 later


By Rick Morwick

Kristin Lehr wrote her first book more than 20 years ago. Well, sort of.

She laid the groundwork for it while pursuing a degree in elementary education at Ball State University. She completed the project two decades later, well after leaving the teaching field.


“I wrote ‘The Squirrel Family Acorn’ in college for a class I needed for my reading endorsement,” said Lehr, a Carmel resident. “I came across the manuscript last summer and thought, ‘Boy, this is terrible.’ But I loved the concept. I took what I had learned over the last 21 years as an educator and parent and rewrote the book.”

A children’s picture book, “The Squirrel Family Acorn” was released in July through Christian Faith Publishing. Available at most local bookstores and through Amazon, the book was well-enough received that Lehr immediately began work on a second Christian-themed children’s book, “One Smooth Stone,” that is in the process of being published.

“It’s the epic retelling of David and Goliath,” said Lehr, a 1993 Carmel High School graduate. “It’s currently with my literary agent.”

A former fifth-grade teacher at Smoky Row Elementary, Lehr has been the director of the children’s ministry at Zionsville Presbyterian Church for 10 years. She has a doctorate in Christian communication and leadership and is passionate about reaching children through storytelling.

“I love children,” said Lehr, a mother of three teens in the Carmel Clay Schools system. “I love the Lord and have a passion for sharing the Bible with children. I work with young children and have the extreme privilege of sharing God’s love with them.”

Lehr’s books are designed for children from birth to age 7. She said “The Squirrel Family Acorn” is especially ideal for expectant mothers.

“This book creates the perfect story to read to your unborn baby and begin the journey of bonding with your baby while sharing God’s word and his love for everything that he has made,” Lehr said. “Kids are funny, honest and sponges when it comes to information.  My hope is that ‘The Squirrel Family Acorn’ not only develops a love of reading but an understanding of thanks to God for all good things.”

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