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Author Showcase Features Authors Who Make Their Kids the Story Stars

The Reading Tub's® Author Showcase for Fall 2008 features four first-time children’s book authors. These women not only wrote books for kids and about kids, but their own children played a role in bringing the book to life

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November 5, 2008 (FPRC) -- The Reading Tub, Inc. is pleased to announce its Author Showcase for the Fall 2008. The current slate of featured guests – Candi Sparks, Julia Rose, Liliy Guzman and Vicki Ebeling – are moms who have published their debut children’s books this year.

"Our Author Showcase somehow seems to design itself each quarter. What are the odds we would have four authors with so much in common. They not only published their first books this year, but they each included their own children (or grandchildren) in the story.” Says Terrry Doherty, Executive Director of the Reading Tub. “There is no process for picking themes or finding things in common. We fill slots one at a time, as authors express their interest. So it is always a surprise to see how the stars align.”

The Reading Tub, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity promoting literacy for children. The organization's goal is to help every child be a successful reader by showing families how important – and easy – it is to read with kids at home.

The Fall Featured Author slate is the fourth and final Showcase for 2008. The Author Showcase is an interview program to introduce parents, teachers, librarians, and the public to authors and new books that they probably don't know about. "There are more than 20,000 books for kids produced each year. Very few of these authors are invited to the talk shows, but they have great books that deserve a voice, too," says Doherty.

Dr. Vicki Ebeling is a counselor and educator. She works one-on-one with kids and understands their needs, their frustrations, and their goals – for themselves as individuals, and also as readers. Her new book, The Winner’s Group is a middle-grade novel specifically designed for reluctant readers. [To see the Reading Tub® Feature with Vicki Ebeling, go to http://www.thereadingtub.com/displayAuthor.asp?id=60]

Lily Guzman has always found stories to be an effective way to help kids understand the world around them. Her bilingual children’s picture book The Caterpillar Story ~ La Historia de la Oruga is a poem she wrote to help her friends and family understand a tough decision in her life. [To see the Reading Tub® Feature with Lily Guzman and read the interview, go to http://www.thereadingtub.com/displayAuthor.asp?id=62]

Julia Rose Martinez believes that as an author it is best to write what you know. For Julia, that is her family. Her life experiences, particularly adventures with her children and grandchildren are central to her stories. Julia’s first novel, a middle-grade chapter book won Best Children’s Book of the Year by Christian Storyteller. [To see the Reading Tub Feature with Julia Rose Martinez and read our interview, go to http://www.thereadingtub.com/displayAuthor.asp?id=63]

Candi Sparks couldn’t have timed her debut children’s book series any better. What’s it about? MONEY! Candi knows that families want help in making smart money. She created the Can I Have Some Money book series (which includes picture and chapter books) as a way to help parents raise money-savvy kids. [To see the Reading Tub Feature with Candi Sparks and read our interview, go to http://www.thereadingtub.com/displayAuthor.asp?id=59]


The Author Showcase continues to be a very popular venue for the Reading Tub, Inc. and a very worthwhile outlet for the authors who participate. To learn more about the Author Showcase, visit the Reading Tub® Web site. Once there you can learn more about all of the authors and literacy advocates, read reviews of their books, and read our interviews. Just go to http://www.thereadingtub.com/author_showcase.asp



Send an email to Terry Doherty of The Reading Tub, Inc.
703-402-5809



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