Donna Arlynn Marie Austgen Frisinger loves to introduce herself to children using her full name because each title represents a prominent piece of her life’s story. She’s invested her life : Multi Award-Winning Children’s Author and Poet, Entertainer-Extraordinaire, Teacher, Evangelist, Church Planter, Award-Winning Dance Team Director, All-Around Trail-Blazer, Best-Aunt-in-the-Galaxy, Wacky-Winsome Wife,  Steadfast Warrior and Precocious Princess of the Most High God.

Her debut picture book, Bink and Slinky’s Ark Adventure—the tale of two groovy snails on assignment from God to find Noah’s Ark—won the Gold MOM’S Choice Award and two First-Place Prizes in the International Literary Classics Book Competition for “Best First Picture Book” and “Best Faith-Based Book.” Since then, this book and its sequels, along with her picture book for older kids, A Transistor Christmas, have garnered multiple accolades.

Earning her BS from Butler University and her MA from Indiana University, she has taught thousands of children over the course of her life, both within and outside the traditional classroom. Her dance teams have also won multiple state and national titles, which led to her being named Indiana’s Dance Educator of the Year in 2016.

As a freelancer, Donna’s published multiple times in Clubhouse, Clubhouse Jr, Mature Living, War Cry, American Legion Magazine, Today’s Christian Woman, Marriage Partnership, Ideals Christmas Books, Christian Communicator, Guidepost Books, and a half-dozen anthologies.

She and her life-long Prince Charming, Barry, reside in their humble castle in Rochester, Indiana, where they enjoy hiking and riding their trusty steeds (retro-look Schwinn bicycles) throughout the lay of the land.

 

Most Recent Awards 

2020 SILVER Medal Illumination Awards (Holiday)  A Transistor Christmas

2020 GOLDEN SCROLL AWARD . . .  First-Place Children’s Fiction Book of the Year

2020 BRONZE Medal Illumination Awards (Holiday)   Bink And Slinky’s Christmas Adventure

2020 KIDZLIT Conference . . . Honorable Mention You’re My Perfect

2019 2nd Place Wright Medal North Carolina Conference— Bink and Slinky’s Ark Adventure

2019 2nd Place Wright Medal—NC Conference—MG Novel—Monkey In The Middle

2019 2nd Place Tar Heel Award—Short NF— NC Conference—“Are My Ears On Straight

2019 First-Place Trophy—North Texas Book Festival for A Transistor Christmas

  • My girls love the adventures of Bink and Slinky!! And I love reading Donna’s books to my younger audience as well!!

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    Amazon C.
    10/07/2019

    Her books are uplifting and a different aspect to an old story. They make you look at the story again. Bunk and Slinky are cute and unique.

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    Cynthia G.
    10/29/2019

    Bink and Slinky’s Pyramid Adventure is a delightful and fun book that keeps you engaged and tells the Bible story with colorful artwork and amazing rhymes! Donna is a gifted… read more

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    Cindy M.
    10/10/2019
  • The author has a unique way of taking well-known Bible stories and adding fun and interesting details that provide captivating story lines for kids. I look forward to reading all… read more

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    Gayla G.
    10/08/2019

    Bink and Slinky’s Pyramid Adventure by Donna Frasinger is a delight to read and has great illustrations that flows with the story. The story itself, has really brought out of… read more

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    chuck 4.
    10/09/2019

    This is a very creative retelling of a Biblical story that will do very well for young children! The artwork is excellent and the poetic form of the story… read more

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    Miss J.
    10/08/2019
  • The story line is Bible based and the lessons learned and shared by these 2 traveling snails are fun to read and will keep the attention of little listeners as… read more

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    Mary W.
    10/08/2019

    Bink and Slinky’s Pyramid Adventure is wonderful book. That suits for all ages. I think it’s good encouraging and learning how to treat one another.

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    Alisha
    10/12/2019

    positive review These are beautiful children’s book that will be a favorite to be shared over and over!

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    Melinda Liby
    10/08/2019
  • positive review Loved that Donna made these bible stories so fun and easy to understand! I really enjoyed the “glossary” that even more thoroughly described words or phrases used in the… read more

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    Lori Campbell Damron
    10/08/2019

    positive review My wife and I sat in bed last night and read a book together about two slimy snails. I thought, “How can God use a couple of imaginary snails?” Still… read more

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    Marc Hamman
    10/07/2019

    Beautiful story about the Bible’s story of Joesph told through our favorite snails, Bink and Slinky! The life applications in the back of the book is always a favorite… read more

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    Susan
    10/10/2019
  • The GOOD-its a great book!! Love the author’s unique and fun style of storytelling, the vibrant illustrations, and added bible lessons at the end of the book.The BAD-this book wasn’t… read more

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    Amazon C.
    10/08/2019

    positive review The Bink and Slinky books are a treasure and the kids love them! They are definitely a favorite of ours…

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    Kelso Woodco
    10/02/2019

    positive review The new book Bink & Stinky is a delight too read to my Grand Kids, It relay gets them excited when they see the wonderful illustration.They have mesmerized the words… read more

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    Chuck Curtis
    10/10/2019
  • I read this book before church this morning, i cannot wait to be able to read to my grandchildren , they are gonna love this as much as i did

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    Tina S.
    10/06/2019

    This Bink and Blinky book presents the biblical story of Joseph delightfully retold with beast-fable observers. Highly recommended.

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    Donn T.
    10/06/2019

    The boys loved the first Bink and Slinky’s book where they go to the Ark so they were excited to see the snails again in a new adventure. We love… read more

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    Amazon C.
    10/09/2019
  • Good stuff!! This lovely lady attends our church and is soooo talented!

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    BryantCrystal R.
    12/30/2019

    The newest Bink and Slinky’s Pyramid Adventure is a delight to read. Her retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph is charming and perfect for children. The text is engaging… read more

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    Cana L.
    10/07/2019

    positive review The newest Bink and Slinky’s Pyramid Adventure is a delight to read. Her retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph is charming and perfect for children. The text is engaging… read more

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    Cana Lynn Lingenfelter
    10/07/2019
  • Bink and Slinky’s Christmas Adventure…

    ….Why wasn’t this around when I was a kid??

    What a fresh, charming perspective from which to tell the story of Christ’s birth! Donna’s poetic style is…
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    Brian F.
    12/11/2019

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fun and an easy read. My kids really liked it😃

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    Sarah P.
    10/09/2019

    positive review I love her new book Bink and Slinky’s Pyramid adventure. My two boys are in love with the adorable snails and I love how it tells the story of Joseph…. read more

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    Lisa Fear
    10/09/2019
  • My grandchildren like her books and it helps them understand the Bible stories better

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    Amazon C.
    10/10/2019

    positive review Her books are truly a gift from the Lord…they are well written and inspire so many people…I know these are for kids but the adults love them also…I have gotten… read more

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    Colleen Rhodes Wagoner
    10/05/2019

    positive review This Bink and Slinky book provides the biblical story of Joseph delightfully retold with beast-fable observers. Highly recommended.

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    Donn Taylor
    10/06/2019
  • What could be betterthan a friendly snailto tell Bible tales?TWO pink and blue snailswith such slimy trails!

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    Susan
    10/06/2019

    positive review Donna’s books are from the heart—-she prays about each one and totally draws on God’s creativity within her!!
    Her stories leave you spellbound!! Oh my golly, how will this…
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    Sherry Terry Leininger
    10/02/2019

    What could be betterthan a friendly snailto tell Bible tales?TWO pink and blue snailswith such slimy trails!

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    Susan
    10/06/2019
  • I’ve read the story of Joseph in Genesis many times but never thought of it from the perspective of two snails named Bink and Slinky until I read BINK AND… read more

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    W. T.
    10/12/2019

    I’ve read the story of Joseph in Genesis many times but never thought of it from the perspective of two snails named Bink and Slinky until I read BINK AND… read more

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    W. T.
    10/12/2019

    We loved Bink and Slinky’s Ark Adventure, so we were excited to hear about the latest adventure for the snails. The Pyramid Adventure didn’t disappoint. The rhymes were… read more

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    mama o.
    10/08/2019
  • Wonderful children’s book that keeps the story alive and memorable with the exciting illustrations and rhyme! Loved it!

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    Melinda L.
    10/08/2019

    Qyuality constructed book. Lovely illustrations. What an interesting way to help teach little children in a fun way about biblical truths. Really like the life applications in the back.

    Sara K. Avatar
    Sara K.
    10/06/2019

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