RI Authors Showcase – Meet Debra Westgate-Silva

Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this day’s giveaway!

Leave a comment every day this month for over 30 chances to win either our Grand Prize (a $250 Amazon gift card), our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card), or a Cheer-Up Prize (amount to be determined), just in time for holiday shopping!

A winner will be randomly selected one week after the publication of the blog post, and the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners will be randomly selected on December 7, 2021. For the daily giveaways, the author will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. Print books for delivery within the US only, please.

Debra Westgate-Silva

Debra Westgate-Silva has worked in public education for many years and in child advocacy and welfare.  Her work has been published in Highlights children’s magazine and Teaching Tolerance.  Bethlehem Barn is her first children’s picture book.  Deb lives in Bristol, Rhode Island, with her husband and two sons and loves reading, writing, cooking (and eating!), traveling and, above all else, spending time with her family. 

Learn more about Deb at her website: http://www.debrawestgatesilva.com

Follow Deb on her Facebook page: https://tinyurl.com/45c38d5f

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deb_westgate_silva/

And you can follow her on Amazon (and find her book there, too!) https://www.amazon.com/Bethlehem-Barn-Debra-Westgate-Silva/dp/195512356X

Ancient legends tell us that for one hour on Christmas Eve, animals are given the gift of speech. If we could have heard the animals on that very first Christmas Eve, what do you think they would have said?

From the discovery of something in Cow’s hay, to the realization of what–or who– it is, Bethlehem Barn is a light-hearted, fun retelling of that very first Christmas from the animals’ point of view.  

Deb is giving away a copy of Bethlehem Barn to one lucky winner. Just comment on this blog post and you’re entered!

Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the CROWNE PLAZA in Warwick for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo!

34 thoughts on “RI Authors Showcase – Meet Debra Westgate-Silva

  1. Congratulations on your first children’s picture book! This is the first time I’ve heard about this legend. I am interested in finding out what the animals had to say about this special day.

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  2. What a fun book to read . My grandson and husband would have this conversation about what his dog would be saying now. If we could hear them. I talk to the dog all the time. 😊

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  3. This book sounds so cute and like such a great read!! I love the book cover, I too would love to know what the animals had to say! With God All things are possible! Thank you for sharing about this beautiful sounding and looking book. Have a great day and stay safe.

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    1. Thank you, Alicia. I love the cover too! I love all of the illustrations, actually! The artist is amazing. He’s illustrated lots of children’s books, including Bible stories and children’s Bibles.

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  4. I have heard of this legend. It doesn’t surprise me that one of God’s great creations, the animals, can speak. Just another one of his great miracles. Thank you for your contribution.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for asking. It’s categorized as 4-8 years, but I’ve had positive reviews from some older children, and I don’t think a child is ever too young to be read to! (By the way, I’ve heard your name many times before; I believe we have a mutual friend. I hope to meet you in person at the Author’s Expo!).

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      1. I hope to meet you at the Expo also, Deb. We can look for each other. Thanks for the info on the ages it is geared for; I have many children in my extensive family, so there are definitely a couple at the right age (and I agree, never too young to be read to).

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  5. Martha thinks of everything! How perfect that you would be featured last to lead us into the Christmas Season! Your book sounds delightful and I would love to know what the animals have to say about what they saw on the very first Christmas!

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