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The Iggy the Iguana and Turtle Town book series will be available at your local HEB store. We have partnered with the Read To Lead Foundation to provide more convenience in shopping for your favorite books. Author, Melissa M. Williams will also be doing book signings at some local HEB stores this summer, so stay tuned for upcoming details including locations and times.

Author, Melissa M. Williams Delivers a Story of Diversity, Acceptance and Friendship in Children’s Chapter Books

Since 2008, Melissa has presented to over 150 schools, through out the Texas, California, New York and Michigan and has received extremely positive feedback toward the type of programs these chapter books offer. She has given keynote presentations at the Texas PTA and at various literacy events through out Texas. More information, videos, and press can be found on her website

The lessons in the Iggy the Iguana and Turtle Town Series have been recognized as useful tools for children and adults to use in efforts to bring forth realists topics of discussion that elementary school students go through, thereby opening up a channel for communication and questions for parent and child or student and teacher. The foundation of the character interaction in Iggy the Iguana was carefully crafted with an intentional background of psychology. Awareness of diversity and acceptance in regards to family structure, outward appearance, culture, gender, personality style, and emotional well-being have been used realistically while using fun-loving characters to lighten the read.

Presentation Summary:
During the presentations, the students learn creative writing techniques, character development skills, they get to see before and afters of the characters before publication, and of course they hear about the inspiration behind the stories. The presentations are interactive; the students receive prizes while answer writing and comprehensive type questions, and the presentations are meant to add to teacher curriculum. Students will also learn about opportunities to be published by Read3Zero in the "I Write" Short Stories by Kids for Kids contest

Book Information:

Iggy the Iguana                
•Genre – Juvenile Fiction
•Paperback - $9.99
ISBN 978-0-9818054-0-5
•Hardback - $15.99
ISBN 978-0-9818054-1-2
•5x5 x 8x5
•165 pages
•Publication Date: 2008

Summer League                    
•Genre – Juvenile Fiction
•Paperback - $9.99
ISBN 978-0-9818054-2-9
•Hardback - $15.99
ISBN 978-0-9818054-3-6
•5x5 x 8x5
•180 pages

  • Publication Date: 2009                        

The Inner Puka
•Genre – Juvenile Fiction
•Paperback - $12.99
ISBN 978-0-9818054-6-7
•5x5 x 8x5
•240 pages
•Publication Date: 2011

Crazy Days of 5th Grade
•Genre – Juvenile Fiction
•Paperback - $7.99
ISBN 978-0-9818054-8-1
•Hardback - $12.99
ISBN 978-0-9818054-9-8
•5x5 x 8x5
•220 pages
•Publication Date: 2012

Promotional Plan: National book tours, direct mailings, internet campaigns, television and radio interviews, virtual book tours, display in bookstores

Available From: Ingram, Baker & Taylor and standard book distribution                                    

Publisher: Longtale Publishing,

About the Author:

Melissa M. Williams is a children’s author, the owner of LongTale Publishing and the president and co-founder of the READ3Zero Literacy Foundation. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Melissa has been writing stories since she was a little girl and still uses that childhood love for imagination to relate to her young readers today. During graduate school, Melissa began substitute teaching for elementary grades in order to learn from her students. Melissa’s first series, Iggy the Iguana came out in 2008 after completing a Master’s degree in professional counseling and the Turtle Town series soon followed. As a children’s author and public speaker, Melissa discovered a new passion to work directly with creative kids and started the I Write Publishing Contest in 2010, offering opportunities for children to learn from her own background in the world of writing and publishing. Melissa spends the year speaking at schools and giving hands on insight into the writing and publishing process during her creative writing presentations. Since 2008 she has visited over 150 schools across Texas and California. Melissa also hosts writing workshops, summer camps and book clubs for kids through out the year in order to stay close to the most important people in her work, her readers. It is her goal that READ3Zero will not only encourage children to enhance their love for literature and inspire their imaginations, but also strengthen the self-esteem of our youth to stand up and make learning fun again. She has been interviewed on Channel 2 News and Fox 26 News Houston, CNN 650 Radio and KPVU 91.3 FM Public Radio and has been a guest presenter at the following events:

Keynote Speaker

  •     2010 & 2011 Texas PTA Leadership Conference, Austin, TX
  •     2011 Early Child Development Conference, Houston, TX
  •     PBS Channel 8 “Kids Go” Writing Awards Ceremony, Houston, TX
  •     Independent Book Publishers Associations Conference, New York
  •     Denton Literacy Conference, Texas
  •     Barnes and Noble’s Educator’s Appreciation Brunch in Houston, Texas
  •     Houston R.E.A.D. Festival, Texas

Information about her books and programs can be found on her website

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