By Leslie Criss
Pat Brannon has a gift.
Since sitting down to write the story of “Filthy Farley O’Charlie McBarley,” Brannon has continued to develop and write books that not only entertain and capture young readers’ imaginations, but also help educate and mold character.
Her words, always accompanied by an artist’s colorful work, offer a fun, yet thoughtful, glimpse into real life in a way that teaches young readers things from simple counting lessons to deeper lessons about bullying.
In the days and weeks ahead, Brannon will be signing copies of two new books at numerous places in the area.
“Show and Smell,” illustrated by Karen Deming, begins when a teacher tells her students they may each bring a pet to school for show and tell.
With fun and rhyming humor, Brannon tells of each student’s arrival at school with his or her chosen pet.
Without spoiling the ending, you may let your imaginations wander as to why show and tell ended up as “Show and Smell.”
“Elijah Teaches His Friends the ABCs” is dear to Brannon’s heart, as it is about her grandson, Elijah, who becomes the “teacher” in the story, as he plays host to a field trip to Bumpity Bump Bump Farm.
As he leads the tour of the farm, he helps students learn the alphabet in a fun and colorful way.
Natalie Totire is the illustrator who brings Brannon’s Elijah to life.
In addition to being an award-winning Christian and children’s author, Brannon is a Southern gospel songwriter, speaker and singer.
Originally from Morrilton, Ark., Brannon and her family have lived in Amory for more than 30 years.
For a decade, Brannon was a substitute teacher in grades K through 12 in Amory Public Schools.
Pat Brannon will sign copies of her books at the following places:
• 1 until 5 p.m. today at Elkin Theatre in Aberdeen
• 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at Okolona Drug Store
• 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at Piggly Wiggly in Amory
• 3 until 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore in Tupelo
• 6 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at Mooreville Elementary School
• 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at The Windows in Amory