Author Jody Mackey Imparts Lessons Through a Little Girl’s Adventures

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New storybook teaches about the fun and rewards of playing sports.

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Storytelling is a well-loved and well-preserved tradition and it is easy to see why. By telling stories, people are able to teach valuable lessons, touch hearts and, in some cases, even change the lives of others. In her debut book, “Sally Loves… to swim!,” Jody Mackey uses her gifts as a storyteller and artist to share her love for sports and to encourage young readers to start an active and healthy lifestyle.

The first in a delightful and educational series, “Sally Loves… to swim!” follows the adventures of the title character, a little girl who grows up surrounded by friends and family who pursue active lifestyles. Motivated by her family and friends, Sally starts participating in different sporty activities. She swims, bikes, runs and she dreams of participating in a triathlon like her mom.

Readers will follow the young girl in her inspiring efforts to make her dream come true. As Sally’s story unfolds, Mackey teaches important lessons about following one’s dreams, the rewards of determination and the joys of friendship and family.

Accompanied by charming illustrations, “Sally Loves… to swim!” is an excellent choice of reading material for parents who want to make storytelling time both fun and rewarding. This treasure trove of captivating pictures and engaging narratives will keep readers engaged from beginning to end.

This book was featured at the 2013 California Library/Calif. School Library Book Exhibit in Long Beach, CA, last Nov. 3 - 5, 2013. For more information, log on to

About the Author
Jody Mackey was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, she now lives with her husband in Tucson, Ariz. She is a Fine Arts 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. Tucson, Ariz. 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.

Sally Loves… to swim! * by Jody Mackey
Publication Date: August 29, 2013
Picture Book; $17.49; 40 pages; 978-1-4836-6758-4
Picture Book Hardcover; $24.99; 40 pages; 978-1-4836-6759-1
Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-6757-7

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