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Animal Shelters receive The Dream Travelers – From the Beginning

Copies of The Dream Travelers were recently donated to two No-Kill animal shelters at the Lake of the Ozarks, MO.  Pictured is Donna Morris (and Campy the Cat), Ex. Dir. of Dogwood Animal Shelter and Kathy Lang , Thrift Shop Manager at Ozarks Kat and K9 (formerly STAFF).  All book proceeds will benefit these wonderful organizations and the homeless animals they serve.

Dogwood donationSTAFF donation

This young man won my heart at the Youth Author Conference

I was invited to be a guest author at the 2016 Youth Author Conference, held inWarrensburg, Central MO Univ. That is where I met Bryan, age 9. Bryan entered a story titled My Favorite Thing about Christmas Break.  The entire story was heartwarming … and I want to share the ending:

“… It’s better to give than to get. In that you will learn that giving is loving and loving is giving, and that is the true meaning of Christmas. I love Christmas but I love my family even more.”

What a blessed family and awesome young man!

YAC Bryan

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Welcome new Dream Travelers … both young and not-so-young!

Another great event at Shook Elementary, April 21, 2016

How I adore my friend Evelyn Hoover, a wonderful lady who is compassionate, selfless and steady as a rock for all.  Evelyn has always ‘made a difference’ in the lives around her.


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Recommended children’s book

“Unlike some children’s books by less aware souls, the Elli journey does not pander to low expectations in language, ideas or ranges of interest among younger readers.”

~ Jack Kennedy, Joplin Independent (former journalist, Pittsburg State University English teacher and past national president of the Education Writers Association.)

Please copy and paste into your browser the link below to read Mr. Kennedy’s entire review and recommendation of The Dream Travelers.

Meeting Young Authors – Sat., April 30, 2016

Am so excited to be invited to the 33rd Annual Young Authors’ Conference where I will be writing encouraging evaluations for 2nd – 6th grade future authors. This event is held at the University of Central Missouri and will include 150 children with their parents and grandparents.  What a wonderful event – can’t wait to meet more Dream Travelers!  I will be asking these young authors to provide me with ideas regarding Spike’s magical abilities for book two of The Dream Travelers – what fun!

Spike Close Up


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Night of the Arts

I’ve been invited back to my second year at Shook Elementary for the Night of the Arts.  Hope to see lots of new Dream Travelers there!  Date:  April 21, 2016  Time:  5-8:00 p.m.


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Readers’ Favorite review!

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

The Dream Travelers: From the Beginning by Cindi Elli revolves around Erin, Richard and Marie who discover a strange, big old book where they read the instructions to complete the lessons in the order given. The instructions take them on an adventurous trip and, at the end of their dream journey, readers will see them possessing unique skills and knowledge. Cannistra the dream-traveling wizard sends them on an adventurous trip where they learn many difficult lessons of life. As they put these lessons into practice in their daily lives, they change in a positive way. This dream adventure also sees the wizard taking the forms of many important people in history, which enables these three kids to learn from their wisdom and apply it in their lives.

The plot is unique and original and I like how the author brings in great people from history to share their knowledge and experiences with readers. This time travel story sees a good blend of reality and fantasy, and readers will enjoy the fun characters and adventures in the plot as the story progresses. The author’s writing style is fluid and elegant and that gives good pace and movement to the story. It’s a book that will capture the imagination of young and older readers alike with its dreamy feel, creativity and imagination. The book is entertaining and engaging from the beginning and will keep readers glued to the pages till the very end.

Are you ready to Dream Travel?

YES!!!!  Children from Appleton City (MO) Elementary begin their 2015-2016 school year taking a journey with The Dream Travelers.  Wonderful visit Sept. 4, 2015 to kick-off school librarian Joni Bollig’s Young Authors program.

Appleton City

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New school year for The Dream Travelers

After a summer vacation, The Dream Travelers invite you to our next school presentation:

Friday, Sept. 4 – 2:15p.m. Appleton City Elementary School Gymnasium – this event is open to the public

Book front jacket



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ALA convention – San Francisco

Had a great time meeting librarians from all around the country at the American Librarian Association annual conference, June, 2015.  Now we have new Dream Travelers from Rhode Island to California, Montana to Texas!


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Every child needs to Dream Travel

Linda was a KCMOPD detective, and handled many domestic and child abuse cases.  She would have wanted to give all children the opportunity to Dream Travel … especially those in a bad situation.  Accepting donated copies of The Dream Travelers-From the Beginning is Webster County Victim Assistance Shelter Coordinator, Brandy Gossage.

WC Victim Assist

An awesome read for boys and girls!

The Dream Travelers: From the Beginning is an Awesome Book for elementary-aged children. And adults will enjoy it also. As an elementary librarian for 10 years, I became pretty good at choosing books for the kids. It was always easier to purchase for girls than boys. This is a book boys will LOVE! Lots of adventure, bravery, magic, dinosaurs, and space travel, too. And that is only the beginning. Richard will be every boy reader’s pal, and the girls, Marie and Erin, will keep the girls reading more. When I learned the book taught character development, I was a little concerned it might come across a little “preachy” or “goody-goody” but it doesn’t. This book would be a great read-aloud for class or bedtime. However, if you read it at bedtime, begin early, because the children will not be ready to have you stop! Ms. Elli has developed a wonderful story that will engage kids and entice them to learn more about the historical figures they learn about through the story.  ~As posted on Amazon


Dreaming On in Seymour

Another donation for Linda’s Legacy, at the Seymour Public Library, Seymour, MO.  Pictured is librarian Delores, accepting a copy of The Dream Travelers- From the Beginning … in memory of Linda and in honor of Cathy Bright, the wonderful Seymour Elementary School librarian.

Delores Seymour Library

Seymour Dream Travelers

A wonderful time with 150 3rd and 4th graders at Seymour Elementary for our last presentation of the school year.   Another very polite and attentive audience with loads of questions.  Thank you to Cathy Bright, a wonderful school librarian who invited us and introduced the children to The Dream Travelers!

Seymour Elem

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Be Kind to Animals Week

Had a WONDERFUL time working with Chelsey Miller, rescue and volunteer coordinator of the Humane Society of SWMO.  After a week of presenting Be Kind to Animals to area school children, we celebrated 50 adoptions (cat and dog)!  Everyone who adopted from HSSWMO last week received a free copy of The Dream Travelers – From the Beginning.

me and chelsey HS

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Willard East Tigers Love Dream Traveling & HSSWMO!

What a FANTASTIC reception and audience at Willard East Elementary School this week!  The Dream Travelers and Chelsey Miller with the Humane Society of SW MO celebrated Be Kind to Animals Week with hundreds of children in the Springfield area.  All of the students were wonderful, but the Willard kids (and great librarian, Lisa Hillenburg) went above and beyond to welcome us.  The 4th grade Tigers were wonderful – extremely polite, attentive, and asked some very good questions.  Thank you to all who made this a very special week by adopting a dog or cat from the HSSWMO and welcome all of you new Dream Travelers!
Willard reception

Chelsey Willard

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A Dream Travelers Reunion

Another fulfilling week for The Dream Travelers!  I was an invited guest author at the Ella Dickey Literacy Awards for the 10th annual Cherry Blossom Festival, where this young reader told me The Dream Travelers was the best book she had ever read (couldn’t ask for a better review!).  Then on to Shook Elementary for the Write-On Festival, where I was reunited with my book illustrator, Hailey Kiser, in town from Seattle.  What a talented artist and beautiful person … inside and out!

Girl at CBFHailey & Cindi

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Celebrating new Dream Travelers

Great fun at the MASL (Missouri Association of School Librarians) 2015 Spring conference! Friend and exhibit helper Karen and I celebrate all the new future Dream Travelers!

MASL pic

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A great book, by a great author, with a great illustrator

“Every once in a while a book comes along that speaks to children, parents, and grand-parents alike while at the same time trying to teach some life lessons about appreciation, respect and autonomy.  The Dream Travelers – From the Beginning, a great book, by a great author, with a great illustrator has just appeared on the horizon.”

~ Michael F. Shaughnessy, University of New Mexico

For the full review and author interview, click here:



Join The Dream Travelers and Spike as we partner with the Humane Society of SW MO for Be Kind to Animals Week, May 3-9.  We will be visiting elementary schools to spread the word and donating a copy of The Dream Travelers – From the Beginning to EVERY family that adopts a dog or cat during the week.  Please, Help Us … Help Them!

HS flyer

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