BRISTOL - Children‚Äôs author Sara Beth Videtto will share her newly published children‚Äôs book ‚ÄúTurtle‚Äôs First Winter: A Read and Find Storybook,‚ÄĚ which is written in a way to foster reading development, at the Manross Library on Oct. 18.
Jodi Papazian, assistant branch librarian, explained she has known Videtto for many years and over the last year has followed the author‚Äôs social media posts as she wrapped up the writing, illustrating and publishing of her book.
‚ÄúI thought it would be a great opportunity for us at Manross to showcase a Connecticut author who writes for children. It‚Äôs an exciting experience for children to have a story read to them by its author,‚ÄĚ Papazian said.
Readers are taken through Turtle‚Äôs first journey into the winter season. Each page has words hidden in the illustrations, giving kids the chance to find them as they read through the book.
Turtle, who loves summer and fall, learns some of his close friends are preparing to hibernate as winter draws near and ‚Äúthat he, too, must now find a ‚Äėwinter home,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Papazian said, but he decides that change is too hard.
‚ÄúWith the help of his friends, he learns to cope with the upcoming changes in his life and build a home for the winter. The story focuses on emotions and teaches readers about the environment,‚ÄĚ Papazian said.
Videtto has taught kindergarten, first and third grades, she said, and has written for reading comprehension standardized test and contributed to elementary textbooks.
‚ÄúAfter moving from California to Connecticut, I taught for the Department of Education at American International College and currently teach online for Champlain College. I‚Äôm enjoying doing storytimes and other events for ‚ÄėTurtle‚Äôs First Winter‚Äô and have two new books underway,‚ÄĚ Videtto said.
She noted that her writing style is ‚Äúsimple and clear,‚ÄĚ and that she tried to incorporate her experience as an elementary school teacher to highlight the flow and vocabulary.
‚ÄúI try to use words and pacing that fosters reading development. For example, I tend to use words that can be phonetically decoded and give rise to teachable moments about various phonetic rules,‚ÄĚ Videtto said. ‚Äú‚ÄôTurtle‚Äô has a repetitive nature to it, making it easier to read as well. It also begins slowly and builds in complexity; my intention was to build a child‚Äôs confidence during the beginning of the story in hopes that the end would be easier too.‚ÄĚ
Papazian added that Videtto will do a read aloud of the book and answer questions about her writing and illustrating process. There will also be a make-and-take turtle craft and light refreshments. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
The event is slated for Oct. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Manross Library, located at . For more information or to register, call , or in-person at the library.
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