Thursday, October 22, 2015


Florida Authors
Offer Super-Sized
Stories for Pint-
Sized Readers!

I'm particularly stoked
about this feature, as it
unites my all-time favorite
folks — authors and kids.

For parents, what could possibly be more important and rewarding than spending quality time with our little ones while they're still "little" ones? Those moments are precious and few  trust me. Although one day it may feel like life will forever be a chorus to a Barney sing-along  BAM! seemingly over night life becomes a chorus to a Harry Chapin tear-jerker. Simply put, we just can't measure the value of one-on-one connection with our kids trips to the beach, playing ball, watching TV — maybe even a little old-fashioned story time. And these fabulous Florida children's authors have a host of engaging stories to share with the special kids in our lives, based on the personal connections they've enjoyed with the special kids in their lives.

It Never, Ever
Snows in Florida
Available NOW on Amazon
Growing up in Michigan, author Amy Sweezey experienced more than her fair share of beautifully brutal snowy seasons. And as a mother of three, the now popular Orlando TV meteorologist devotes an enormous amount of time year 'round, talking to kids throughout Central Florida about — weather.

"When I started reading to my Florida-born children about the seasons, I soon discovered most winter books are about cold and snow. I decided Florida kids needed a story to remind them that our weather is a little bit different than our friends and family who live up north."
-Amy Sweezey

Author Amy Sweezey
In her debut children's book, Amy relies on her personal experiences with weather — living in both the cold Midwest and the warm Southeast, to create a fun and educational story for youngsters everywhere.

Amy's semi-fictional tale of A.J. and his TV meteorologist mom is a super treat — even for a us BIG "kids." However, her story truly pops off the page and springs to life through the engaging contributions of award-winning Florida illustrator, Ricardo J. Rodriguez. BRAVO!

Silly Yaya
Available NOW on Amazon
Written and illustrated by Violet Favero, Silly Yaya speaks to that one-of-a-kind relationship between children and their grandparents — and how many kids even have unique nicknames for their "Yayas." It's a story with which Violet is all too familiar, as she now has dedicated her life to caring for her own grandchildren. 

Silly Yaya by Violet Favero
The first in Violet's Silly Yaya series, this eye-catching page-turner possesses all the authentic warmth and charm of many of the best-loved books from my own childhood — and for those who, like myself, grew up during the mid to late super-groovy '60's, you know that's a wonderful thing, indeed. Two VERY enthusiastic "thumbs-up!"


To the Sun and Back
Available NOW on Amazon
In her first children’s book, Florida author April Awalt pays tribute to her son, who she always told, "I love you to the moon and back" — that is until he discovered that the sun was actually further away. A heartfelt tale of parental love, To the Sun and Back was written as part of April's much-needed personal healing process after losing her son to meningitis at age ten.

“I lost my son suddenly, and I did not know how to deal with it. In writing a happy book based upon a true story, I was able to honor the love that I have for him — even in his passing.”
-April Awalt

I was psyched to meet
author April Awalt.
April hopes that her story will help raise awareness regarding meningitis, as well as other infectious and deadly diseases. More importantly, she hopes that it will encourage parents to value the time spent with their children.

“This book does not deal with death, but rather places a focus on special moments that parents share with their children when they spend time together. I just want to encourage parents to make time for those moments, realize how precious they are, and to cherish them when they happen.”
-April Awalt

-Christopher Long
(October 2015)

The latest from author Christopher Long
is available NOW on Amazon.

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