Children’s Author to Visit Two Goose Creek Elementary Schools

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Jerilyn Marler, Oregon author of “Lily Hates Goodbyes,” will be the guest at two parent/teacher organization “Meet the Author” events in the Charleston, South Carolina area: Marrington Elementary School on December 13 at 6:00 pm and Goose Creek Primary School on December 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm. She will talk to students, parents, and educators about the book and will read it to the children. “Lily Hates Goodbyes” is a storybook especially for young military children to help them survive and thrive during a parent's deployment. Lily shows kids ages 2-7 how to cope with the separation, stay connected with the absent parent, be happy anyway, and look forward to a joyful reunion. It includes a suggestions page for parents.

Children’s author Jerilyn Marler will be the guest at two parent/teacher organization “Meet the Author” events in the Charleston, South Carolina area: Marrington Elementary School on December 13 at 6:00 pm and Goose Creek Primary School on December 15 at 5:00 pm. Marler will give a brief presentation about the book, which she wrote in 2010 for her four-year-old granddaughter Lily who suffered terribly through her daddy’s deployment. Marler will also read the book to the children and will autograph copies.

“Military children face unique stresses,” said Marler. “Educators who serve military children need tools to help these kids thrive at school. I’m thrilled that across the country schools are adding ‘Lily Hates Goodbyes’ to their classrooms and counselors’ offices. The Goose Creek area military families should be pleased to know that their schools are so actively engaged in helping military children be successful.”

Younger children often act out when they are overwhelmed by emotions that they don't understand and can't talk about. With vivid illustrations and simple, straightforward language, “Lily Hates Goodbyes” helps them identify what they are feeling and respond in safe ways. Children learn ways to stay connected with the away parent and to be happy despite the separation. The book also helps them visualize and anticipate a happy reunion. A suggestions page at the back helps parents establish the open, loving communication their children need.

“Military and non-military kids relate to Lily because the emotions are universal. All kids feel mad and sad and stubborn and naughty sometimes,” said Marler. “Lily and her ever-present bunny Quincy are reassuring, comforting, and inspiring companions.”

“Lily Hates Goodbyes” is illustrated by Nathan Stoltenberg (http://nathanstoltenberg.com) of Seattle, Washington. First available in January 2011, Quincy Companion Books released a new version of “Lily Hates Goodbyes” in August. Details about the book are available at the book website (http://lilyhatesgoodbyes.com).

Online Press Kit
Author photos, book images, background details, media coverage, reviews, and suggested interview topics and questions to ask Jerilyn Marler are available in the online press kit (http://jerilynmarler.com/presskit).

About Quincy Companion Books
Quincy Companion Books (QCB) is an imprint of Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (http://wymacpublishing.com), an Oregon-based company. QCB is dedicated to releasing books that help to heal the hearts of children through stories. In November QCB released “Helping Your Young Child Cope with a Parent’s Deployment,” Jerilyn Marler’s Kindle book for military parents.

About the Author
Jerilyn Marler has been a writer and editor for over 30 years with a focus on technical and non-fiction work.”Lily Hates Goodbyes” is her first children's book as author. Her own childhood experience of attending boarding school in India, with long separations from her parents, helped her sympathize profoundly with her granddaughter’s grief. The book helped Lily so much that Marler published it for all children who have to say goodbye to a loved one for about a billion days. The book is available through her publishing company Quincy Companion Books, an imprint of Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing.

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