Illinois Children’s Author Launches Spooky, Imaginative Witch’s Brew Book; Author encourages readers to tap into their imaginations to create own their own brews

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With excitement brewing and Halloween just around the corner, Chicagoland first-time children’s author Meg Dagnino, is launching her delightful interactive book, “Witch’s Brew” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 during a Facebook Live event. Dagnino has concocted the perfect magical recipe counting book to get children to create life long memories through using their imagination.

Lemont, Illinois-based children's author Meg Dagnino encourages youngsters to use their imaginations in her book: "Witch's Brew" published by Fig Factor Media.

In true ‘me’ style, I took this party to the next level and wrote the ‘Witch’s Brew’ for it. It was back when you could bring food into the classroom and the kids loved the activity and the snack! I kept doing the brew at every Halloween party and each year the kids got more and more into it.

With excitement brewing and Halloween just around the corner, Chicagoland first-time children’s author Meg Dagnino, is launching her delightful interactive book, “Witch’s Brew” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 during a Facebook Live event. Dagnino has concocted the perfect magical recipe counting book to get children to create lifelong memories by using their imagination.

The book is published by Fig Factor Media and illustrated by Daniella Turano. Geared to children ages 2 to 10, Dagnino uses the friendly witch Eldora and her adorable and curious Goldendoodle pup Mae to spread Halloween cheer and encourage readers to create their own special “brews” by assigning silly names to 10 foods presented in the book. For example, bat brains are raisins and spiderwebs are popcorn.

Dagnino, a former oncology nurse and a school nurse, adds an interactive element to the reading experience as readers can access a special video through a QR code in the book. In the guise of Eldora, Dagnino creates her ”brew” and encourages the viewers to help her add and stir ingredients.

The book idea came about eight years ago when Dagnino planned a Halloween party complete with games, crafts and other activities for her son’s kindergarten class.

“In true ‘me’ style, I took this party to the next level and wrote the ‘Witch’s Brew’ for it,” she said. “It was back when you could bring food into the classroom and the kids loved the activity and they loved the snack! I kept doing the brew at every Halloween party and each year the kids got more and more into it. It was always something they looked forward to. If I can spread this joy to other families by bringing the brew into their homes, then it all is worth it!”

Her father saw that the idea of the “brew” could be the recipe for a children’s book.

“Ever since then, I couldn’t get it out of my head and I started looking into the process,” she said. “The book is more than just the book. It’s the experience as well and that is why I created the video to go along with it which can be found by scanning the QR code in the book that takes you to my website.”

Dagnino hopes that children will be inspired to make their own beautiful Halloween traditions and continue to create lifelong moments. Part of the book’s proceeds will go to the adoption agency called All God’s Children International which has helped the Dagninos add son Ray, 14 and Emme, 11 to their family.

“Our children are internationally adopted and we are still heavily connected to this agency and their mission to end the orphan crisis of the world. We as a family, always think of ways we can support and this will be a perfect way to give back to them!”

“Witch’s Brew” is available on Amazon. For more information about the book, visit http://www.witchsbrewbook.com/.

About Witch’s Brew:
“Witch’s Brew” is a delightful interactive experience geared towards families with children ages 2-10. While reading an engaging lighthearted rhyme, the children are also counting their favorite snacks and creating a “spooky” and delicious treat! As they listen to the tale, they use their imaginations to add the individual elements of the snack to the “brew,” which assists in not only holding their attention, but also creating anticipation for the next element.
The 10 individual ingredients make this an interactive counting book for our youngest readers, but young and old alike will enjoy the tale and creative activity. A book and interactive experience that will spark any child's creativity and learning all while creating a yummy treat! For more information about the book, visit http://www.witchsbrewbook.com/. ###

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