Wednesday, September 16, 2020

New Release: Maddie's New Normal

We're excited to announce the release of our latest children's book, Maddie's New Normal, written by Tammy Parker and illustrated by Addie Gilley.

About the Book:

NO MORE SCHOOL! NO MORE FUN! NO WAY! 

When life suddenly changes for Maddie and everyone she knows, she must learn to make the best of her new normal.

COVID-19 changed routines, habits, and general daily life for people all over the world. Maddie's struggle through these changes serves as encouragement for all of us to accept our challenges and enjoy life as it is.  Her struggles help children realize they are not alone.  

Colors and art can show emotion.  We’ve used illustrations in this story to show how Maddie adjusts to this new way of living. Notice that the colors fade away to gray as Maddie struggles with the challenges presented by the pandemic, but then the bright and cheery colors return as she finds her happiness again in the midst of these uncertain times. 

Available in Paperback, Hardcover, and on Kindle.


About the Author:

Tammy Adams Parker grew up in a small town in central Georgia, Cochran. She currently resides in Auburn, Alabama with her husband, Tate, and her son, Blye. In her free time, she enjoys reading, creating abstract art, and baking her “famous” cheese straws. 

Tammy received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from Georgia College and State University, and a Specialist degree in School Psychology from Georgia Southern University. 

She has worked in education for 27 years and is currently a practicing school psychologist in Georgia. She works with the most vulnerable children to determine their ability levels and develops plans to help them succeed. Her time is spent primarily with children who have emotional, intellectual, and learning disabilities. Her career began as a Pre-K teacher sharing her love of books with her students. Her appreciation of literature is attributed to her late grandmother, Jean Bass, who shared books with her from an early age.


About the Illustrator:

Addie Gilley lives a simple life in a small South Georgia town. She is currently in her junior year of high school and is a self-taught digital artist. Addie enjoys character concept sketching. She has recently grown fond of making miniature figures out of clay. Addie has loved the arts since she could first hold a crayon. She loves traveling, browsing museums, and watching theatrical performances. She looks forward to attending art school after graduating from high school in 2022. 

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