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Welcome aboard the Freedom Train!

Nestled in the quaint town of Phenix City, Alabama, our Veteran and Woman-owned company, Freedom Train For Kids, LLC creates innovative and one-of-a-kind patriotic children’s books. From empty blank pages being filled with the curious historical story of the 1947 Freedom Train to meeting the characters that come to life with beautiful original art, co-authors Kathy Maggart and Kathie Eidson invite you to join them in their mission; to connect kids across America with a heart full of love for our country.

Our company’s two new books are All Aboard America’s Freedom Train (PreK – 2nd grade) and America’s Patriotic Freedom Train (3rd – 5th grade); they will take kids on a funtastic journey and teach them that caring ideas can change the world. We believe this will inspire a generation of future leaders to chase their dreams and positively impact their communities. Freedom Train For Kids, LLC was built with a roof of passion, walls of freedom, and a door of literacy for all to open and become Best Freedom Friends!

Happy Reading!

CEO: Kathy Maggart
Co-authors: Kathy Maggart and Kathie Eidson
Illustrator: Jon McGregor


Bios

Kathy Maggart

Kathy Maggart

Contact Kathy Maggart

Email: kathymaggart@freedomtrainforkids.com Telephone: (334) 614-2089

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Through her creative, artistic, musical, and magical teaching style, Kathy Maggart's passion to encourage children to have a love for reading shines in everything she does. Kathy Maggart is ...co-author and publisher of both All Aboard America's Freedom Train and America's Patriotic Freedom Train. Her continued quest to capture the excitement of reading compelled Kathy to write these patriotic children's books that encompassed the inspirational and true historical event of the 1947 Freedom Train.

Enriched with beautiful art by illustrator, Jon MacGregor, the captivating characters, and storylines bring to life this fantastic story. Kathy Maggart has a master's degree in Elementary Education K-6 from Troy University. She taught 1st and 2nd grade and is now a retired educator. She has won multiple teaching awards including her district's "Rookie Teacher of the Year" in 2003.

Kathy also won the prestigious "Golden Apple Teacher" award in 2008. In addition, Kathy integrated creative techniques of learning through art, music, and promoted literacy with her remarkable approach to education. Kathy Maggart is also the owner and CEO of Freedom Train For Kids, LLC. She is the active director of their non-profit, Freedom Train For Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3).

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Through her creative, artistic, musical, and magical teaching style, Kathy Maggart's passion to encourage children to have a love for reading shines in everything she does. Kathy's unique teaching abilities are filled ...with years full of fun educational initiatives. This includes a life-size replica of a Blue Whale heart inside an interactive "Ocean Museum" with hands-on activities she helped create.

With guitar in hand, Kathy also established a sensational musical storytelling time business to encourage children to develop a love for reading. All the while, this entrepreneurial spirit led her down the path to a life-long dream of writing children's books. Kathy Maggart is now co-author and publisher of both All Aboard America's Freedom Train and America's Patriotic Freedom Train.

Kathy recalls, "I never thought that being "Businesswoman of the Month" with a two day a week paper route when I was 14 would lead to starting a company and becoming the CEO!" Kathy's continued quest to capture the excitement of reading, compelled her to write these patriotic children's books that encompass the inspirational and true historical event of the 1947 Freedom Train.

This red-white-and-blue train carried the Nation's most important documents of freedom and stopped through every state in our wonderful nation, igniting a spirit of patriotism. Millions of people lined up for miles and miles to see this stunning train, walk aboard, and get a glimpse of the documents that made this country strong.

Few people have heard about this story, and Kathy wanted to share with young readers its message of caring ideas, patriotism, and having the freedom to chase your dreams. Kathy's patriotism flourishes from her upbringing in a Navy family and reinforces her love for our country, and enthusiasm to reach kids to encourage generations of heroes and leaders.

Enriched with beautiful art by illustrator, Jon MacGregor, the captivating characters, and storylines bring to life this fantastic story. Kathy knew these books would be one-of-a-kind treasures for kids to read while instilling a positive message. She wanted these inquisitive characters through the pages to invite readers to join them on exciting roller-coaster adventures and travels through time. Kathy says, "I believe these books will help connect kids across America with a heart full of love for our country."

Her genuine smile and outgoing personality are a warm welcome for anyone to talk with her about these exceptional books and her passion for literacy. Kathy Maggart has a master's degree in Elementary Education K-6 from Troy University. She taught 1st and 2nd grade and is now a retired educator. She has won multiple teaching awards including her district's "Rookie Teacher of the Year" in 2003. Kathy also won the prestigious "Golden Apple Teacher" award in 2008. In addition, Kathy integrated creative techniques of learning through art, music, and promoted literacy with her remarkable approach to education.

Kathy Maggart is the owner and CEO of Freedom Train For Kids, LLC. She is the active director of their non-profit, Freedom Train For Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3). You can contact Kathy for school author visits, radio, TV, and all media events at: KathyMaggart@FreedomTrainForKids.com.

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Kathie Eidson

Kathie Eidson

Contact Kathie Eidson

Email: kathieeidson@freedomtrainforkids.com Telephone: (615) 440-2919

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Chasing fireflies, skipping rocks, and exploring creeks, Kathie Eidson grew up on the beautiful plains of Auburn, Alabama with a love for the outdoors. The art within the sky, clouds, and nature captured her ...imagination and inspired her early on to have a passion for writing.

This fascination with art and words fueled Kathie's passion for literacy in the educational realm. Her years of experience homeschooling her four amazing children helped her develop unique and fun educational initiatives applicable to individual learning styles.

Kathie believes that positive words are powerful and can inspire reading which opens the door to a world of opportunities that we can step through, pursue, and reach our dreams.

Over the years, Kathie Eidson dreamed of writing children's books and was excited when her good friend, Kathy Maggart, asked her to write All Aboard America's Freedom Train and America's Patriotic Freedom Train, with her.

Kathie says, "I am blessed to be able to write about this incredible historical event with my good friend, Kathy Maggart. Our passion for literacy and making reading fun is poured into every word on each page of these unique patriotic children's books."

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Chasing fireflies, skipping rocks, and exploring creeks, Kathie Eidson grew up on the beautiful plains of Auburn, Alabama with a love for the outdoors. The art within the sky, clouds, and nature captured her ...imagination and inspired her early on to have a passion for writing. Kathie is intrigued daily by the creativity of words and how they can be strung together to eloquently paint a picture.

This fascination with art and words fueled Kathie's passion for literacy in the educational realm. Her years of experience homeschooling her four amazing children helped her develop unique and fun educational initiatives applicable to individual learning styles.

Kathie believes that positive words are powerful and can inspire reading which opens the door to a world of opportunities that we can step through, pursue, and reach our dreams.

Over the years, Kathie Eidson dreamed of writing children's books and was excited when her good friend, Kathy Maggart, asked her to write All Aboard America's Freedom Train and America's Patriotic Freedom Train, with her.

Kathie says, "I am blessed to be able to write about this incredible historical event with my good friend, Kathy Maggart. Our passion for literacy and making reading fun is poured into every word on each page of these unique patriotic children's books. I look forward to writing more in the series, taking these wonderful characters and the readers on super "train-tastic" adventures, plus I get to spend time with my amazing friend!"

Whether it's writing songs in Nashville with her co-writers, painting, designing clothes, writing poetry, or writing children's books, Kathie's entrepreneurial spirit continues to inspire her to create.

Kathie Eidson graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Art. She is also co-writer of songs in the Christian, Country, and Pop genres, recorded in Nashville.

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Jon MacGregor

Kathie Eidson

Contact Jon MacGregor

Email: jon@jonmacgregor.com
Learn more about Jon's Art:
www.jonmacgregor.com or www.freedomtrainforkids.com

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You can find intriguing melodies of color that capture the intrinsic soul of a moment throughout Jon MacGregor's exceptional art. Whether it is a peaceful waterfront landscape, portraits, or illustrations, Jon's representational art encompasses ...an array of emotions that entices the viewer to experience the art's expressionism.

His classical stylings mixed with a contemporary flare build a beautiful bridge colliding the past with the present. Jon's talent continues to overflow while creating the illustrations for the patriotic children's books, All Aboard America's Freedom Train and America's Patriotic Freedom Train.

His fantastic creativity built a wonderful world of characters that young readers resonate and connect with throughout the pages. The whimsical Futuristic Freedom Train illustrations take kids on a fun journey through time.

In addition, his interpretation of the "talking rollercoaster Freedom Train" is so inquisitive and relatable that kids are loving it. Children reading the books are constantly saying, "we love the art" and asking, "who is the illustrator, he is amazing!"

Co-authors, Kathy Maggart and Kathie Eidson relay, "We are so honored to have Jon illustrating our children's books. His talent is impeccable, and his development of the characters along each page is so fun and expressive. Jon is such an amazing person, and his beautiful talent and spirit are continually reflective through his art."

Jon MacGregor graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting with a Minor in Art History.

His Art Exhibits include the following:
Ithica Fine Art Gallery, New York, 2020
Highland Gallery, Columbus, Georgia
Marietta Museum of Art, Georgia 2020
Columbus Museum of Art Permanent Collection
Huss Foundation Figure Show 2019 "Go Figure 2" Bo Bartlett Center 2019
Columbus Artists' Guild Member's Exhibit 2019
Columbus Artists' Guild Member's Exhibit 2018 "Go Figure" Bo Bartlett Center 2018
Columbus State University's Juried Exhibition 2018 Columbus Public Library

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You can find intriguing melodies of color that capture the intrinsic soul of a moment throughout Jon MacGregor's exceptional art. Whether it is a peaceful waterfront landscape, portraits, or illustrations, Jon's representational art encompasses ...an array of emotions that entices the viewer to experience the art's expressionism.

His classical stylings mixed with a contemporary flare build a beautiful bridge colliding the past with the present. The youngest of eight children within a military family, MacGregor got to experience the creative wonderment of travel and the world of European Art. The intricate European architecture, 19th Century French Artist, classicalism, and American Realist, together influenced Jon and was a wealth of inspiration with a glimpse of different cultures and belief structures.

Jon says, "Through art, I hope to inspire and be inspired from the beautiful complexities of this world; the beauty, somber, and richness of the world that connects us all." From watching sunsets tip across the skyscrapers in New York, or sketching in a coffee shop in Georgia, Jon's art keeps leading him to new horizons.

Jon's talent continues to overflow while creating the illustrations for the patriotic children's books, All Aboard America's Freedom Train and America's Patriotic Freedom Train. His fantastic creativity built a wonderful world of unique characters that young readers resonate and connect with throughout the pages.

The whimsical Futuristic Freedom Train illustrations take kids on a fun journey through time. In addition, his interpretation of the "talking rollercoaster Freedom Train" is so inquisitive and relatable that kids are loving it.

Children reading the books are constantly saying, "we love the art" and asking, "who is the illustrator, he is amazing!"

Co-authors, Kathy Maggart and Kathie Eidson relay, "We are so honored to have Jon illustrating our children's books. His talent is impeccable, and his development of the characters along each page is so expressive. Jon is such an amazing person, and his beautiful talent and spirit are continually reflective through his art." Jon MacGregor graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting with a Minor in Art History.

His Art Exhibits include the following:
Ithica Fine Art Gallery, New York, 2020
Highland Gallery, Columbus, Georgia
Marietta Museum of Art, Georgia 2020
Columbus Museum of Art Permanent Collection
Huss Foundation Figure Show 2019 "Go Figure 2" Bo Bartlett Center 2019
Columbus Artists' Guild Member's Exhibit 2019
Columbus Artists' Guild Member's Exhibit 2018 "Go Figure" Bo Bartlett Center 2018
Columbus State University's Juried Exhibition 2018 Columbus Public Library

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Follow the Journey!

Our company, Freedom Train For Kids LLC, is a Veteran-owned, self-publishing book company in Phenix City, Alabama. The authors Kathy Maggart and Kathie Eidson are experienced Educators. Kathy Maggart taught in Public school and is a retired teacher and Kathie Eidson taught in the homeschool community for 18 years. Our patriotic team of management, distribution, consultants, and writers are highly experienced in each of their professional roles.

Over the years, step-by-step our entrepreneurial spirit and love for our country has led this dream to create a patriotic and educational children’s book series. Our journey started with a song about the 1947 Freedom Train, and a blank document on a computer screen. Very few people today have heard about this remarkable historical event of the of the 1947 Freedom Train that traveled around the United States, igniting a spirit of patriotism. This makes our books exceptional and unique. Day by day of learning the ins and outs of writing, distributing, and publishing, we kept progressing with hard work and a lot of faith.

We believe our goal is a positive one that is filling a niche. We understand there is a limited amount of resources that encourage and inspire patriotism. Freedom Train For Kids book series wants to encourage youth to value the freedoms we have fought for so long and never be taken for granted. Our books and future series will help mold and shape kids to impact their communities sharing the spirit of patriotism.

As proud Alums of Troy and Auburn University, we have written All Aboard America’s Freedom Train for younger students, ages 4-8 years old. We’ve also written America’s Patriotic Freedom Train, a chapter book for ages 9-11. We believe kids are the heroes of our future and know that each child can make a difference. Our adventurous and unique books help kids understand patriotism and its importance throughout history. Through the pages, kids will learn that caring ideas can change the world. Freedom Train kids will pave the way for all of us to join together hand in hand and embrace a heart full of love for our country.

The Freedom Train For Kids family is leading a generation of young heroes who will be taking footsteps into the future and leaving patriotic footprints for younger generations to follow in- all waving the American flag of patriotism.


Interview Topics

  • What inspired you to write these books?

  • Why are kids getting so excited about this historical event?

  • What is the message you hope children will take away from reading, All Aboard America’s Freedom Train?

  • What is the message you hope children will take away from reading, America’s Patriotic Freedom Train?

  • With your endorsement from America’s First Female 4-Star Army General, Ann Dunwoody, who says that she “hopes every child in America embraces these books and it forever ignites a spirt of patriotism,” why do believe your books are a must-have read for children?

  • How can kids connect across America to have a heart full of love for our country?

  • What do the characters in your books encourage in kids?

  • What is a Best Freedom Friend?

  • What was the purpose of the 1947 Freedom Train?

  • How can people learn more about these books?

  • What authors have helped you along your journey?

  • Will there be more books in the series?

  • When you're not writing or working what do you like to do?

  • What is your next project?

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