A Celebration of All Things Okanagan!

About the Book: While our region is known most for its lakes and beaches, residents know it is so much more! Okanagan Publishing House is excited to announce the release of An Okanagan Alphabet, an original work combining poetry and watercolour illustrations that wonderfully depict the places and people of our Okanagan Valley.

A captivating experience for adults and children alike, this is one tour that you will not want to miss! From Ambrosia Apples to Stuart Park Zambonis, this book celebrates all that the Okanagan has to offer. With picturesque prose, Florence Dyck describes life in the valley with a reverent respect that inspires child-like awe in the reader.

The author is a long-time Penticton teacher who has been sharing the poem with her students for decades. The inspiration, she says, “comes from my great collection of alphabet books.” Florence relates that “after I retired, and had more time for writing, I got excited about writing An Okanagan Alphabet for teachers, parents and grandparents to share with their children. The Okanagan has so much to offer, and I enjoyed making up fun rhymes about many of our sights and activities!”

The book features extra-large 8.5 x 11 inch pages in a landscape format. This allows the viewer to fully appreciate the incredible watercolours by artist Rachelle Oliveira. The resident of West Kelowna has been working with the medium for years, and her mastery of the craft is evident. Especially captivating are the meticulous landscape backgrounds, which make one feel as if they are standing on the peak of Knox Mountain or Giant’s Head Mountain.

Important Note: Okanagan Publishing House is a proud supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of the Okanagan (BGCO), and a portion of the proceeds from this title go directly to them and the work they are doing with children and families throughout the region. Since BGCO established their first Club in 1959, they have provided vital, life-changing services and programs that continue to adapt to meet the needs of all children, youth, and families. They exist “to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life.”

Preorder Info: An Okanagan Alphabet is scheduled for an August 5th release, and will be available at a wide variety of local retailers. It is available for preorder now, with free local shipping at, or via 


Okanagan Publishing House develops media inspired by the natural wonder of the Okanagan region, its history, and its inhabitants. Since 2014 this Kelowna-based, independent publisher has released print and electronic books, enabling local authors and artists to share their work with the world. Okanagan Publishing House has a tangible impact on its community, partnering with a local charity for each release. Find more information about how Okanagan Publishing House is empowering our region’s creatives by visiting online at: