Local Massachusetts children’s book author, Valarie Giogas, will be signing her critically acclaimed book In My Backyard at Borders in Marlborough, Saturday, June 7, at 2 p.m.
In My Backyard was published in 2007 by Sylvan Dell Publishing. It comes highly recommended by Martha Stewart Living Radio, and it has been reviewed by such nationally recognized publications as School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and The Horn Book Guide.
Baby dogs are puppies and they belong to a litter, but what is a baby skunk and what is the name of its group? This clever, rhythmic story tells us just that! Counting from one to ten, familiar backyard animals are introduced by baby and family group name. Each stanza also tells a bit more about each animal by providing clues as to what they eat, how they sound or where they live.
The “For Creative Minds” section includes more animal fun facts, information on keeping a nature journal and how to watch for wildlife in your own backyard.
Mrs. Giogas has been writing since she was a child. As a teacher, her favorite part of teaching was the books. She’s been writing for children ever since she discovered that she could combine her love for children’s literature with her passion for writing. The idea for In My Backyard began when her son was in preschool. They always drove by a gaggle of geese, and he would giggle when she told him the group name. When the geese had goslings, the idea for this book was cemented.
About Borders: Borders in Marlborough is located at 739 Donald J. Lynch Blvd. For directions, call 508-490-8521.