By DAILY JOURNAL REPORT
Just in time for Christmas, two area writers of children’s books have new publications perfect for under the tree.
Whitney Yarber White, who lives in Webster County with her husband and three sons, will sign copies of her new book, “Don’t Swallow the Baby Jesus!,” from 3:30 until 5 p.m. Tuesday at Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore.
White, now a stay-at-home mother and writer, received a degree in special education from Mississippi State University and taught developmentally delayed children in Calhoun City for two years. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2011.
Published by Tate Publishing, “Don’t Swallow the Baby Jesus!” is written in the voice of White’s oldest son, Aaron, as he and younger brother Aaden help Mom and Dad unpack the Christmas decorations and deck the halls.
Through White’s storytelling and illustrations based on family photos White sent to artist Liz Holt, children – and parents – can watch the family decorate the mantle and the tree, set up Mom’s snow village and then place the nativity in front of the tree.
As each piece is unwrapped and placed near the stable, Aaron and Aaden hear the story of the nativity and the birth of baby Jesus, made even more special during the writing of this book by the impending birth of a third White brother, Aacen, who was born June 6.
The story of the book’s title is part of the poignant message White’s words bring, and certainly not worth spoiling for readers.
“Don’t Swallow the Baby Jesus!” is a sweet book with the meaningful message of Christmas, as seen through the eyes of children.
Though her book will not be officially released until January, White’s book may be found at Reed’s and through her website: www.whitneywhite.tateauthor.com.
doing wacky things’
Pat Brannon of Amory has published a new children’s book – “Has a Donkey Ever Brought You Breakfast in Bed?”
Published by Freedom of Speech Publishing, Inc., Brannon’s clever rhyming book introduces children to citrus-juggling frogs, tap dancing zebras, trapeeze-flying whales, sunbathing chickens and countless other animals doing out-of-the-ordinary, unexpected things.
Colorful illustrations by Karen Deming, a graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle, make reading Brannon’s rhymes even more fun.
Brannon’s first children’s book was “Filthy Farley O’Charlie McBarley,” which inspired the character education program she presents each year to schools.
Books may be purchased through Brannon’s website: www.patbrannon.com.