Children’s book published by local woman


Spend time with your kids. Support local entrepreneurs.

Good advice in any season, these two lessons have been proclaimed even louder during a period of quarantine. But what if you could heed both simultaneously?

You can, through Liberty Lake resident Kristi Stalder’s new book, “I Love You More.”

A local author, book coach, entrepreneur and mother, Kristi wrote the book to provide families like hers a tool that promotes quality time, encourages busy parents to set aside a moment to read to little ones and reinforces an affirmation of love that fosters a healthy environment of positivity and happiness.

Kristi’s elegant and uplifting prose is complimented by the breathtaking illustrations of collaborator Julie Edwards.

“I created a book that can be read at any pace and in any voice — fast, slow, silly, endearing — with beautiful illustrations to enjoy,” Kristi said. “Not only does it make a great gift, but kiddos can read to Mom and Dad, grandparents can read to grandchildren, siblings can read to each other. It’s such a powerful thing to have and create memories by reading the words on the pages.”

Available on and, the book has been described as “dreamy” and “whimsical” by reviewers and makes a great gift for new parents.

Thinking to write a book yourself?

Nearly a decade ago, Kristi began her writing journey. This fall, she plans to publish her third book. She is a member of local writing groups and a regular participant — and official content contributor — to NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month), a nonprofit community that helps aspiring authors write and get published.

“I want to write books and stories that will empower, enlighten, and offer a valuable takeaway for all my readers,” Kristi said. “Everything I’ve learned about the writing and publishing industry has come from other writers, authors and entrepreneurs. Now, I want to do for others what so many have done for me and provide tools to help others start their own writing adventure.”

To this end, Kristi is launching the 60-Day Story Planner as well as mini-writing workshops for aspiring writers.

NOTE: A version of this article first appeared in the 2020 Liberty Lake Yearbook.

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