Miss Rita, Mystery Reader

A few snippets from the jacket flap:

Sparkle is serious business.

Tori loves it when Daddy becomes Miss Rita. But will the other kids at school love Miss Rita like Tori does? Luckily, a last-minute idea helps Daddy and Tori find a way to make story time sparkle for everyone.

This heartwarming and relatable family story celebrates drag queens, reading, and self-acceptance, teaching every kid to let their sparkle shine! 

MacMillan, FSGBYR May 3, 2022


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Edited by Kristen Wixted and Heather Kelly

Book Design by Robert Thibeault

Cover Art by Jodie Apeseche

Art Director: Sally Hinkley

Marketing Director: Audrey Day-Williams

(clever title also by Audrey)

The first illustrated collection of original poems for kids published by The Writers' Loft Press

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Edited by Kristen Wixted and Heather Kelly

Book Design by Doreen Buchinski

Cover Art by Brian Lies

Creative Team: Sally Hinkley and Priscilla Alpaugh

Marketing Manager: Audrey Day-Williams

An Assortment of Animals


It’s fun…

There’s a centipede that goes shoe shopping, a cat who dreams of haute cuisine, a slug on a slip-n-slide!


Moms and babies: deer, pangolins, giraffes, elephants—with art that makes you want to cuddle.

A little bit scary…

Some of the predators in the book may … or may not … eat other characters. An anteater and an ant. A grizzly bear and a boy. You get the idea.

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