Where to Buy ‘California ABC’s’

California ABC’s is out now! Here’s everything you need to know about the launch of this Finding Milo title.

California ABC’s: A Finding Milo Book


Chris Jespersen

Josie Toney

California ABC’s
By Chris Jespersen and illustrated by Josie Toney

Mischievous pup Milo returns in this addition to the Finding Milo series, and this time he’s heading to the west coast – California, here he comes! A lively romp for young travelers and California natives alike.

California valley quail soar across California to find Milo, the playful dog who has a knack for hiding. Is he strutting down the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Or maybe splashing in the Malibu waves?

Explore California’s curiosities and wonders with this story in verse that will help even the most reluctant readers learn their ABCs. Mixed-media illustrations will spark children’s imaginations as they also learn about California’s geography, state symbols, and history.

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About the Author
Chris Jespersen has been a long-time reader of children’s books, ever since his two sons started learning to read. Chris and his wife, Anita Nucci, adopted Milo from the Atlanta Humane Society’s Mansell Road location when he was just a puppy. Milo enjoys swimming in the Chattahoochee river in the summer, a good squeaky toy, chasing squirrels, and herding the occasional deer.

Chris Jespersen is also a professor of American diplomatic history in the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy at the University of North Georgia (UNG). He has served as dean of the College of Arts & Letters since 2005. He has written and edited books on U.S. diplomatic history in addition to publishing various journal articles. California ABC’s is his second children’s book, the companion to Georgia ABC’s.

About the Illustrator
A sixth generation Atlantan, Josie Vrooman Toney is a self-taught artist with a surrealistic, whimsical style. Her work is comprised of a variety of mediums including acrylic, pastels, watercolor, marker, color pencil, and graphite.

Josie was a born artist and began painting consistently in 2002. In 2016, Josie and her family relocated to north Georgia where she became an active member of the Chestatee Artists, the Bowen Center for the Arts, and the Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center. Her work can be found in local galleries and boutiques, including Elevate Sautee, Inside Out Sautee, Jumpin’ Goats Coffee, and Yonah Mountain Village, as well as the gift shop in the Bowen gallery.

Josie resides in Cleveland, Georgia with her supportive husband, adorable son, two dogs, a cat, and several chickens. She has a passion for education and works full-time at the University of North Georgia (UNG) in Dahlonega. In her spare time, Josie enjoys yoga, the outdoors, drawing, painting, and spending time with her family.

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