Local Educator Publishes New Book to Promote Literacy and Art Skills

Columbia resident Mike Sposito has worked in education for over a decade. His love for teaching and learning is brought to life in his new book, A Horse Named Thunder, hitting bookshelves in October. But this is not your typical book — half of its pages are blank.

Half of the pages in A Horse Named Thunder are blank because this is more than just a storybook. It’s designed to encourage kids to think about what they’re reading then practice their drawing skills on a corresponding blank page. “Kids love to draw and they love good stories,” says Sposito, who writes under the pen name C.S. Moon. “I have written the story and now kids are asked to create the illustrations.”

Inspired by his own son, the book combines his two favorite things: reading with his children and watching imaginations run free. “As a parent and a former teacher, I can tell you how meaningful projects like these can be for children,” he explains.

A Horse Named Thunder is an active learning tool designed to promote literacy and fluency, reading comprehension, focus, and sharing. It challenges the reader to take clues from the text to determine setting, character traits and plot; all essential to creating quality illustrations. It’s an opportunity for kids to interact with text, have fun and be creative at home, in a classroom setting, or in extracurricular groups.

The official launch party for A Horse Named Thunder is scheduled for Saturday, October 14 from 1:00- 3:00 p.m. at Mitchell Farm in Salem, CT and is being hosted by the Connecticut Farmland Trust. The event includes a book reading with author C.S. Moon, a farm tour, and a chance to meet the horses who reside at the Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement sanctuary. The event is free and open to the public.

Connecticut Farmland Trust (www.ctfarmland.org) is a statewide nonprofit organization working to protect farmland from the constant threat of development. Keeping land in farms helps to establish a local, sustainable food system, supports our economy, and contributes to improving the quality of land, air and water. Our goal is to make working lands available to Connecticut farmers for the indefinite future.

Copies of A Horse Named Thunder may be purchased from Lulu, at local booksellers and online wherever books are sold. The book is published by Spowerks Storyboards To schedule a book reading or event, or for more information, please email spowerks@gmail.com.

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