Christian Children's Book Author Celia Banks Releases New Animated Short

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Popular book Issy’s Gift - a part of “God’s Word is Just for Me” series - adds new dimension to series favorite.

Inspired by the renown New York International Children’s Film Festival, Christian children’s author Celia Banks ( has just released a new animated short for Banks’ popular book Issy’s Gift. The animated short brings the book to life with the Christian message of hope in the birth of the Christ Child.

Animation is still a popular format for children that covers a variety of genres and styles as evidenced by the 100+ entries in March’s NYICFF event.

"What an easy decision it was for us to choose Issy's Gift for our first animation project from the “God's Word is Just for Me” series. Issy is such a favorite for the children when I read to them at special events," author Celia Banks said. "We wanted to make Issy come alive for children across the globe and fortunately, the power of video and internet technology allows us to do just that.”

Children ages three to eight years are among the most responsive to Issy's story and message, however, the video is great for children any age. Banks and her team have been successfully using social media to gauge interest in future book-to-animation projects for the "God’s Word is Just for Me" series.

"Please like us on Facebook ( so we know you've enjoyed the mini-production. We look forward to doing more of these or even doing an expanded animation if we see that our fans are responsive."

Viewers can access the video through various places online (, but fans are encouraged to get immediate access via the author’s Facebook page.

About Issy’s Gift:
Issy was so excited. As a young camel, he was on his first caravan trip. He was going with his grandfather and the wise men to a far away land to see the young Christ Child who was born King. Join the little camel, Issy, as he makes a journey to see the Christ and learns an important life lesson about the value of giving and why the Christ child is so special and much more than just an earthly king.

About the Author:
Celia Banks is a former vice president of design for the International China Company and has been a designer for dolls, dollhouses, toys, cosmetics and gift products for companies such as Avon Products Inc., Mattel Inc., Hasbro Toys and Horsman Doll Company.    

Media Interview Contact Information: Primrose LTD | (859)255-1221 | pr(at)celiabanks(dot)com

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