Book Announcement! Lavalino Finds His Forever Home

As an educator, I’ve always tried to teach my students the importance of persistence in following your life dreams. This last year, I have been purposefully trying to practice what I teach, as I have been working diligently on my first book. I am super excited to let you know that it’s now out!

Lavalino Finds His Forever Home was just published and is available on Amazon and elsewhere as both an ebook and a print version (it is also in the Amazon lending library until March). It’s been such a passion project of mine, particularly because the central character is based on a cat who was important to our family, and I put a lot of love and work into it.

This is the first book in a series, The Adventures of Lavalino, and it introduces the scrappy and loveable street kitty as he searches for a forever home.  The story is set in Sicily, Italy, and readers, parents and teachers get a flavor of the country’s people and culture.  The colorful watercolor illustrations add to the story’s appeal. The back contains a glossary of the Italian phrases used throughout the book, and gives a touch of the language for young readers.

Please check out the book and let me know what you think. Positive reviews are helpful and welcome! Thanks so much!

Book Milestone!

It’s always wonderful to hit a milestone, isn’t it?  I have hit an especially meaningful one with the children’s picture book I have been quietly working on:  I sent all my files off to the book designer. I should hear back from her in a couple weeks, and then it’s on to the next step, which is getting the book into hands of readers.

In case you are not caught up with my “pet” project, the book is called Lavalino Finds His Forever Home. The story was inspired by a cat one of my sisters adopted while in Italy, who was such a character that I wanted to write about him.  As a teacher who really loves helping kids find their reading groove, I also saw an opportunity to write a book that  touches on values I find important for success.  In this book, I talk about the importance of persistence and family.  I also get to introduce readers to some new words, a few in Italian, and the beautiful country of Italy.

I’ll keep you posted and, in the meantime, please subscribe to my newsletter if you want to be updated on my Lavalino book, as well as some other helpful projects I am working on.