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Children’s author Mary Casad to sign books Tuesday at geneological library

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Children's author Mary Brooke Casad will be signing her books at a special event Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hopkins County Genealogical Society Library at 212 Main St.

Casad grew up in Louisiana in United Methodist parsonages and graduated from University High School on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, La. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and also studied at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

“I loved to read books as a child and wondered if one day I might be an author of children's books,” Casad said. “I took a children's literature course in college. My mother-in-law, Dede Casad, suggested I develop an armadillo character and a series of books about the armadillo visiting different sites in Texas. It proved to be a great idea!”

“The Bluebonnet Adventure Series” consists of nine picture books about Bluebonnet, the Texas armadillo who teaches children about Texas history and geography as she explores Texas landmarks and makes new friends.

“The books are written for younger elementary children and some are accelerated reader selections,” Marynell Bryant, HCGS librarian, said. “Parents and grandparents will enjoy reading the books to children and there is one CD available that has three of the books narrated by the author.”

Bluebonnet takes her young readers on excursions to places they too can visit including the Alamo, the State Fair of Texas, the State Capitol, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Johnson Space Center, The East 

Texas Oil Museum, the Marshall Train Depot and the Ocean Star Museum.

On each adventure, Bluebonnet meets new friends. Together, they explore, learn and find answers to puzzling circumstances causing them to become friends forever. Imagination and reality come together mixing history with modern day experiences showing children the value of reading as well as how writing can express the magic of everyday living.

That make the series a popular and useful tool among elementary teachers when presenting lessons on Texas studies. Sulphur Springs elementary schools and the Sulphur Springs Public Library offers the books for students and patrons to read.

Casad was a featured author at the 1997 and 2000 Texas Book Festivals, and is a member of the Writers' League of Texas, Texas State Historical Association, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Chapter AB of P.E.O. and Kappa Kappa Gamma.

In addition to writing books, Casad’s professional experiences have included twice being employed by UMR Communications as a writer and a sales representative.

HCGS invites the public to attend Tuesday’s book-signing to meet Casad and browse through her books.

“These books are fun and unique and children will enjoy them,” Bryant said. “They will make great Christmas gifts and we are happy to make them available through our Texas Heritage Bookshop.”

 

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