Quest Books For Children

Sarasota Sister Cities has developed draft blogs with embedded books, podcasts and short videos written for children and their parents. They would have the following purposes:

    1. Be Entertaining to children
    2. Teach “Green” Sustainability

    3. Promote Sustainable Tourism

The Blogs would have links to an EBook, Podcast, and Videos. They are all free. The EBook and paper book can also be sold on to give it wider dissemination.They would be set at a tourist destination where the child can complete the quest. Our first effort is set at The Ringling Museum.

We explain how the parent can download and insert their children's photos into their book. They can print the book for their children and relatives - before or after their visit. And they could read the book or watch the video as they visit the quest location.

    Proposal to the Ringling Museum

There is minimal cost for this effort - simply volunteer labor. The books could be printed and sold in the gift shop. Potential settings for the books include the Ringling Museum Campus, Ringling College, downtown Sarasota, and Sarasota beaches and parks.

We propose that the Ringling Museum support this effort. Sister City Economic Development personnel would help develop the material. If the Ringling Museum agrees, we would approach Ringling College to see if their students or classes would support the effort as individuals or as a class. 

Funding would be required to produce quality videos, animation, or performance art. A grant could be possible from Visit Sarasota since this effort fits the State of Florida tourism program. Ringling College students could be the creators of all parts of the program, including videos and animation.

This effort would be at no cost to the Ringling Museum. Sarasota Sister Cities would lead the effort.

    Craig Hullinger
    Sustainable Economic Development

First Example

Quest To Save The Castle Ca' d'Zan

From Captain Red Tide
The Purple Polluting Pirates


Planning Background

The links below are background and possible future efforts

Quest / Treasure Hunt on the Ringling Campus

Potential Future Blogs / Books
Coordinated with a marketing effort by the organization.


    Quest at Sarasota Jungle Gardens
    Quest at Ringling College Campus
    Quest at Selby Gardens
    Quest at Mote Marine
    Quest at the Bay Sarasota

    Quest at St Armands
    Quest at Downtown Sarasota

    Quest at Main Street in Lakewood Ranch
    Quest at Downtown Bradenton

    Quest at Jungle Gardens
    Quest at Downtown Venice
    Quest at Big Cat Habitat

About Sarasota Sister Cities

Background Info

Library Ringling College

The Alfred R. Goldstein Library is an informational, educational, and social hub for RCAD’s students and faculty.  Designed specifically for its creative students, the library’s collection includes children’s literature, game arts, graphic novels, letterpress, book arts, pop up books, special collections, reference, and online resources.The 46,000-square-foot library houses over 75,000 books and periodicals.

The library hosts an independent art publishing book fair called Paper Jam. Organized jointly with Letterpress and Book Arts Center and the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center and in collaboration with SRQ Zine Fest, the annual event features a wide array of creative books and experimental printed items that highlight local and diverse perspectives.[11]

Free Clip Art

Ringling Museum of Art - The authors below wrote the very nice book Circus ABC Book sold at the Ringling Gift Shop and Amazon, published by

Jennifer Lemmer Posey is Curator of Circus at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Dr David Berry is Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Craig Hullinger

Quest Books For Children

Sarasota Sister Cities has developed draft blogs with embedded books, podcasts and short videos written for children and their parents. They...