Karen A. Gasperini has been telling stories to children for many years. She just recently started to publish her stories for all to enjoy. Her series Arianna’s Magic Boots are all based on her daughter Arianna and herself from their experiences as a child.
Karen used to wear leg braces (AFOs – Ankle and Foot Orthoses). Arianna, who is now sixteen, still wears them, and shares the same rare genetic disorder called Beals syndrome as her mother Karen. They also have severe scoliosis, anxiety, asthma, and club feet. Karen’s main character Arianna wears leg braces, too. She calls them her ‘Magic Boots,’ and with them and her imagination she goes on adventures. All she has to do is close her eyes, stomp three times, and say “Away we go,” then the adventure begins.
Karen has been spreading empowerment to everyone she meets, helping children see and understand we’re all special in some way and you should never let anyone or anything stop you from shining. Her series Arianna’s Magic Boots won the STORY MONSTER LLC 2018 Purple DragonFly Certificate of Excellence in children’s literature, Honorable Mention award for Special Needs/Disability Awareness award.
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Karen is giving away a copy of her book to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on this blog post and you’re entered.
Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 for the Rhode Island Author Expo!
As a firm believer that a better tomorrow starts with a better today, and with the young people of today, Rhode Island author/radio personality Kevin Mulhern presents his children’s book, Cody the Cloud – a book with a strong message about anti-bullying, believing in oneself, and the power of friendship and love to literally transform the world.
Since its release by Mascot Books in January, 2015, Mulhern has been donating a portion of all proceeds of copies of CodytheCloud
sold on his website
to various charities. Most recently, he was involved in a fundraising initiative to help raise over $10,000 in partnership with Kentucky Fried Chicken in Greenville, RI for a young Warwick, RI boy with Spinal Muscular Atrophy who needed a wheelchair ramp van. Through Cody
, Mulhern has also donated to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics RI, Meeting Street School, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the San Miguel School, and The Run To Home Base Program for military veterans, among others.
A member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors
, Mulhern has read Cody the Cloud
– geared toward kids between three and eight years old – to nearly 50 local schools, libraries, bookstores, and other events. The book has been featured twice on the WJAR Channel 10 evening news, on The Rhode Show
, and on numerous radio stations and in print publications. The story of Cody the Cloud
was recently adapted into a play and performed by the Radioactive Theater Company at Symposium Books in East Greenwich, RI, where its anti-bullying message and messages about kindness and love were well-received by young and old alike in two performances of the play.
Currently, Mulhern is donating 30 percent of all proceeds from Cody books or Cody pillowcases sold on his website now through the end of the year to Hasbro Children’s Hospital to help kids and their families in the fight against cancer. Mulhern thanks all those who have supported the book and its various associated charities, and is happy to do local book readings free of charge if requested.
Contact Kevin through email at CodytheCloudBook@gmail.com, or through his website