Childrens Book Author Makes a Big Difference Through Little Things
Childrens book author, Lindy Schneider, discovered that a birthday party invitation that she gave to a friend in grade school may have saved her life! Schneider wrote about this event in her story The Birthday Party that will appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Preteens. Book will be available nationwide July 26th.
- (1888PressRelease) July 12, 2011 - What do an invitation to a birthday party and a childrens picture book have in common? If you ask Peoria resident, Lindy Schneider, she will tell you both are small things that can make a big difference in someone's life. Schneider is an author and illustrator who has written a story entitled The Birthday Party that will appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Preteens. This is a true story that tells of how a birthday party invitation she sent to a friend back in grade school may have saved her friend's life. Schneider knew nothing about the impact of that invitation until she met up with her friend again at her 20 year high school reunion. The book will be on store shelves July 26th.
Both Lindy and her husband Tom, also a published author, are firm believers that everyone can do little things that can make a big difference. They recently learned of a charity that gives a childrens book and a pair of pajamas to each child that is being rescued from a dangerous home situation. This charity inspired the Schneiders to write and illustrate a children's book, Starfish on the Beach. The story is based on an essay by Loren Eiseley.
The story tells of a mother and daughter trying to rescue starfish that have been exposed to the sun by the receding tide. The mother becomes discouraged that there are way too many for them to save them all. In response, her daughter picks up another starfish and throws it into the water. "I made a difference for that one!", the girl replies.
The Schneiders decided to publish Starfish on the Beach themselves so that they could donate many of the books to the charitable organization that first inspired the project. The Schneiders have posted their project on www.Kickstarter.com to help raise the funds to print the books. Kickstarter is an online funding platform for artists and other creatives that relies solely on the generousity of the general public to fund worthy projects. The Schneider's goal is to raise $3,800 by August 3rd so they can print 1,000 copies of the Starfish book. "Even $1, just a small thing, can make a big difference in whether or not the books are printed and distributed," said Lindy. For more information on this project go to www.Kickstarter.com and search for Starfish on the Beach or visit www.LindysBooks.com.