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At a time when so many events have been canceled, a book launch and party, specially designed for children, is like a breath of fresh air.
On December 12, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Davidson Center, local author Tara Anderson will present her children’s book, You Belong Too, with a celebration that will include prizes, balloons, a cake and even a magician. Anderson said she planned the event as a party to provide “a bright spot for the children and bring joy to the children during the holidays.”
You Belong Too is aimed at children ages five to eight and tells the story of Annie on her first day at Meadowbrook School. Without giving too much away from the story, Anderson says that Annie, as a new student at a new school, “is taking responsibility for making a positive change that will impact her entire class.”
Anderson says the purpose of the book is to “get the message of kindness, inclusion, friendship and empathy to children,” and “there is a need for all of us – to be seen, heard and to belong ”.
This is Anderson’s first book. She started writing the manuscript in March 2020 when she found out that due to the pandemic and the uncertainty of what the months ahead would hold, she had more free time. She always knew she would love to write, “probably since I was eight or nine”. She has also included a practical resource guide for teachers at the end of the book.
Since the book’s official launch on November 29, it has already achieved # 1 bestseller and # 1 novelty status on Amazon in Canada and the United States, where it can be purchased. It has been a busy and very exciting time for Anderson. The coming weeks will be devoted to marketing the book and “taking advantage for now and spreading the word”. She already has plans for another children’s book.
“I found the whole process, from writing the manuscript, to finding an illustrator, to all of the decisions that came with the process, really rewarding,” said Anderson. “At the end of the day, having a product that I’m really proud of, on a subject that I’m passionate about, putting it in the hands of the kids and impacting them positively is the best feeling in the world.”
Tickets for the event are free, but attendees must register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/you-belong-too-childrens-book-launch-party-tickets-211986656797 . A limited number of tickets will be issued and COVID protocols will be in effect.