Sports and Physical Activities Promoted in New Children’s Book

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Jody Mackey inspires readers in the illustrated pages of her work “Sally Loves… to swim!”

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Author/Illustrator Jody Mackey tells the story of Sally, an active youth who dreams of participating in a sport, and is motivated by family and friends to do so. In the vibrantly illustrated pages of Sally Loves… to swim! readers will see how she sets a goal and works hard to complete an event, and the joy she receives as she accomplishes her goal.

Surrounded by active friends and family members, Sally is inspired to participate in a variety of physical activities. She swims, bikes, runs and dreams about doing a triathlon like her mom. This book portrays the steps she takes to make this dream become a reality, for the story is about dreaming and inspiration, family, friendship, and achieving one’s goals. Through her work, Mackey aims to instill hope in children, to give them the confidence to try new things.

Sally Loves… to swim! promotes active lifestyles for youth. Activity and sports have enriched the author’s life so much, and she wants to share her incredibly rewarding experience with young readers everywhere, to encourage physical fitness, health and confidence.

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Sally Loves… to swim!
By Jody Mackey
Publication Date: September 24, 2014
Softcover | 8.5x11 | 42 Pages | ISBN 9781483667584
Hardcover | 8.5x11 | 42 Pages | ISBN 9781483667591
Ebook | 42 Pages | ISBN 9781483667591
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Jody Mackey was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, and she now lives with her husband in Tucson, Arizona. She is a Fine Art graduate and proud supporter of the University of Arizona. She lives an active lifestyle: she competes in running and cycling events. She has completed over 50 triathlons, including eight Ironman events. She has three beautiful horses and rides several days a week. She has been introduced to Gymkhana equestrian events and barrel racing by her trainer, Jeanine Valenzuela. She finds that the competition is another great way to make friends and spend time with her horses. She believes that Tucson, Arizona is the perfect place to live, with warm and sunny skies almost every day of the year. Mackey is always outside training, riding the horses or playing golf at Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club. Sports have enriched her life so much; it only seems natural to share her experiences and to inspire young children to be active through her books.

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