Student collaborates on children’s book

A Butler University student from Columbus is part of a collaboration to publish a children’s history book.

Eileen Carroll, a sixth-year pharmacy student from Columbus, is part of the collaboration that created the book designed to introduce fourth-graders to important people and events in Indiana history.

That includes information about Eli Lilly, Benjamin Harrison, Madame C.J. Walker and the Indianapolis 500.

“The Gifts of Indiana: A Tale of Three Birthdays and One Grand Adventure” is to be published this spring.

It tells the story of Anna and Bobby, two 10-year-old Hoosiers who close their eyes to make a birthday wish on Dec. 11, a birth date they share with the state of Indiana, and end up on an historical quest.

They travel back in time with Native American leader Tecumseh to experience firsthand the history of Indiana, which became a state in 1816.

Catherine Pangan, Butler College of Education associate professor and book project adviser, said the goal is to place the book in the hands of all Indiana fourth-graders as part of the state’s 2016 Bicentennial celebration.

Students from four of Butler’s academic colleges worked together to write, illustrate, publish and distribute the book. In addition to Carroll, they are, Annie Luc, Matt O’Brien, Katy English and Kim Van Wyk, all senior education majors; Catrina Cranfill, senior marketing major, Chloe Pahl, junior marketing major and Taylor Bowen, freshman art and design major.

How to pre-order the book

Book presale is now open at the Gifts of Indiana website for $10 per copy or $200 for a 25-copy classroom set. Visit

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.