Reading to children for as little as 20 minutes a day can give children and their caregivers a chance to relax, spend quality time together, and communicate with each other. It helps young children master language skills by hearing the words and watching the mouth movement as the books are read. Raising a child who enjoys reading may also boost their academic success. We’ve highlighted several Long Island children’s book authors who have written stories we enjoy reading to our own children.
Captain Terry the Pirate Cow’s Adventure to Italy by Helen Dogiakis
Terry the Cow is no ordinary cow, he’s a pirate! He and his friends love to sail around the world looking for cookies. Any kind of cookie will do as they are all treasures to him. So far Terry and his friends have visited Italy, and soon they will be visiting Greece, Japan, and other countries in future books.
Helen Dogiakis is a pediatric dietitian and mother of two who lives in western Suffolk County. She is writing the Captain Terry series in hopes of teaching children about different cultures around the world in a way they can easily understand. Her targeted audience is children ages 3-9, but readers of all ages are bound to enjoy the adventure.
This book is available for purchase direct from the Terry the Cow website as well as Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It will soon be available as an e-book for both Kindle and Nook applications.
Daria Rose and the Day She Chose by Yvonne Capitelli
A five-time award winning book, this story teaches a great lesson about how everyone is in charge of controlling their own happiness by making good choices in life. Daria Rose faces many challenges in school with her classes, bullies, and making new friends. She realizes that by believing in herself and making the right choices, she can overcome life’s obstacles and feel happy.
Yvonne Capitelli is a mother of one residing in southwest Nassau County. She is currently working on her second Daria Rose book. She is also the coauthor of I Get It! I Get It! – How John Figures It Out, a book about a boy who learns to cope with having Auditory Processing Disorder.
This book is available for purchase direct from the Daria Rose website. It is recommended for children to read with an adult starting at age 4 and as an independent reader beginning at age 8.
Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten by Lynne Marie
A hedgehog named Spike faces challenges on the way to his first day of Kindergarten. He’s hoping to make a friend on the bus to make things a little easier. But because Spike looks different, no one wants to be his friend or let him sit next to them on the bus. This book teaches children that it’s okay to be scared, but things work out in the end. It also shows children that not everyone looks the same, and even though someone might look different on the outside it doesn’t mean they are any different on the inside.
Lynne Marie is a paralegal and mother of two who lives in western Suffolk County. She is excited to be writing a new series of books and is anxiously awaiting the publication of two new Spike the Hedgehog books. While this book is obviously great for children entering kindergarten, kids from ages 3-8 years old will be sure to enjoy it as well.
This book is available for purchase through Scholastic for the Windows & iPad Storia eReading application. Autographed hard copies can be obtained for $6.00 including shipping by contacting WriteSpike@gmail.com.
Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
Spookley is not like the other pumpkins in the patch. He is teased all the time until one windy night — while everyone else is tossed around in the patch, Spookley is able to stay put. Spookley is able to save the day and teaches children that being different does not matter because you can still be a great friend.
Joe Troiano resides in eastern Suffolk County. He has worked as a lyricist and has written lyrics for shows such as Arthur and Caillou. In addition to the Spookley books he has also written Mistletoe and the Christmas Kittens, It’s Your Cloud, Lyla the Lovesick Ladybug, JellyBean and the Unbreakable Egg, and Beacon the Bright Little Firefly. Troiano has three new Spookley books coming out within the next year.
On the Spookley website kids can watch Spookley music videos and print activity and coloring sheets. All of Joe Troiano’s books are available for purchase at Barnes & Noble and most of them are available on Amazon as well.
The Magic Brush by Kat Yeh
The Magic Brush is a charming story that weaves in Chinese culture within a tale with universal appeal. Many aspects of the story are based on the author’s own children and father. Jasmine, the main character, bonds with her grandfather as he teaches her the art of Chinese calligraphy. Together they create memories that last beyond the grandfather’s lifetime.
Kat Yeh is a mother of two who writes out of western Suffolk County. The former advertising and marketing exec has also written the children’s picture book You’re Lovable to Me. She is currently working on a Middle Grade novel for children.
Local Author Events
Long Island Authors Group Book Signing
Daria Rose and the Day She Chose author Yvonne Capitelli and 20 other local authors will sign book and meet with guests at this event. Authors participating include children’s book, young adult, and adult book writers. Enjoy a glass or wine and live music at this fun event.
When: April 22nd from noon to 4 pm
Where: Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
Contact Info: LIAuthors@aolc.om
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
Come to a book reading and signing for Adele Faber’s book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. The event will provide participants a great chance to pick up helpful parenting tips. The event will be held at the Book Revue, the largest independent book store in Long Island.
When: April 19th at 7 pm
Where: Book Revue, 313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
Contact Info: 631-271-1442
By Pamela Boccia