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Meet the Authors and Illustrators

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Dr. Ray Butrum


Carole Ann Hausman

Dr. Ray Butrum is a retired educator and administrator from Tennessee who is currently residing in Hobe Sound, Florida.  His new book series "Science With Hazel" features a likeness of his 3 year old granddaughter, Hazel, who has Down Syndrome.

Dr. Butrum has his MS, BA and EdS in education from MTSU and EdD from TSU. His hobbies include traveling and spending time with friends and family. Dr. Butrum is currently undergoing treatment and he is attempting to be one of the first people cured of mantle cell lymphoma.

Carole Ann Hausman grew up in the rolling hills of Nashville where she developed an appreciation for nature. She started creative writing at a very young age, and was gifted a red plastic typewriter when she was in kindergarten. Twenty years after having a few poems published while she was in college at MTSU, she published her first book, My Dream For You is Happiness. She started Hamer House Publishing in 2013 and specializes in organizational administration. Carole Ann lives in South Florida with her husband, Ryan. She enjoys gardening, spring training baseball and a nice cabernet.


Ada Abigael Aco

Ada Abigael Aco is a talented and experienced
artist who has illustrated over a dozen books and done animation for television and film. Based out of the Phillipines, Ms. Aco is represented worldwide by Lemonade Illustration Agency.


Joanne Raptis

Joanne Raptis was born in New York City but considers the peaceful mountains of Pennsylvania her second home. A self-taught artist, she draws inspiration from nature and positive messages. She is a graduate of Barnard College is currently working on her PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is interested in studying habit change, the connection between physical and psychological wellbeing, and helping others design fulfilling and healthy lives. Joanne spends any free time drawing, dancing, being outdoors, and with her family.

"My Dream for You is Happiness from Hamer House Books is a beautifully written and wonderfully illustrated story that celebrates the joy and wonder of childhood. The message in this book is one that myself as an adult should take to heart!!"

 Connie Gruning, Peanut Butter and Whine

"The thing I loved about this book was how relatable it was to all of my children. It treats them like the little people that they are on their level. Sometimes life doesn’t go your way like when you get an upset tummy or get hurt, but you can always choose to be happy. That is a point I try to make to them over and over but this does it so simplistically that they understood."

The I.E. Mommy

"I think this is destined to be a classic. It’s a very gift-able book that would work well for your own children, grandchildren, and for baby showers. "

Lady Tyrneathem

Blue Skies and Yellow Fields

Coming Soon

Dr. Ray Butrum is reviving his previously published educational books in the "Science With Hazel" series.  I Saw A Slimeball Wiggle will be released in spring 2024.


Let us know if you'd like to schedule a time

for reading at your local school.

Have you written a book that you want to publish?

Hamer House Books has been publishing children's books since 2013. Consulting and assistance with all the details from manuscript, editing, selecting and hiring an illustrator, to printing and publication are available.

Hamer House Books

PO Box 550653
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33355

Featured Poem

What if God were a dog?


He would come to find me and race me home.


But when I fall He comes to where I lie,


And putting His cold nose to my cheek He tickles my tears away;


He is telling me to follow.


And because of love - I follow...

                                        - John Wayne Storrs


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