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.

Launch Event

Hello! I am looking forward to October 14, 2017 for my launch event at Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement in Salem, CT! This farm will provide the perfect backdrop for my story about a young cart horse named Thunder. There will time to meet the horses, take a tour of beautiful Mitchell Farm, and a book reading by yours truly! It should be an awesome, family-friendly, fall day in Connecticut. Thank you for your support!

-C.S. Moon

Book Release with Connecticut Farmland Trust

Saturday, October 14, 2017
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Mitchell Farm
300 East Haddam Road (Route 82)
Salem, CT 06420

Please call (860) 247-0202 x223 or email bdunlap@ctfarmland.org to RSVP. We need a head count for snacks and for books to pass out to children.

Family-Friendly Children’s Book Reading and Launch Party for A Horse Named Thunder

Connecticut Farmland Trust is pleased to offer a book release party for the agriculturally-focused children’s book, “A Horse Named Thunder,” with co-host Mitchell Farm in Salem, CT.

There will be snacks, a chance to pet real horses, and a farm tour. This is great for ages 6-12.

1:00pm – Event start. Meet the horses.
1:30pm – Book reading with author C.S. Moon.
2:00pm – Farm Tour with Dee Doolittle.

Parents and kids will get to meet and pet horses with the farm’s director, Dee Doolittle, as she explains the history of her farm and talks about the lives of the horses. How better to enjoy a fall day with the kids?

During the book reading, C.S. Moon (a Vice-Principal in Enfield) will start by introducing the concept of the book with the kids, activate some prior knowledge and talk to them about creating “mind movies” to get their imaginations pumping and, in the end, pass out the books and set them to work drawing some pictures.

Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement is a sanctuary that promotes a safe and dignified life for all equines. They care for and provide a comfortable retirement alternative for aged and infirm horses to live out their lives and to offer educational opportunities on equine welfare. The non-profit organization was founded 2004 by Dee Doolittle.

Mitchell Farm has been a protected farm since 2009, when Connecticut Farmland Trust collaborated with The Nature Conservancy to purchase an easement on 206 acres of the Marvel and Mitchell Farms. Today, the farm has ample fun and learning events all year round.

Connecticut Farmland Trust is a statewide not for profit organization working to protect farmland from the constant threat of development. Keeping land in agriculture 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.

Since 2002, Connecticut Farmland Trust has partnered with organizations throughout the state to procure agricultural easements on 42 farms. So far, we’ve ensured that over 3,300 acres of farmland will remain farmland forever, and we’re constantly working to save more. For more information about CFT, visit www.ctfarmland.org.

Book Launch Event: A Horse Named Thunder

Please bring your child and join us for the launch of A Horse Named Thunder on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc. in Salem, CT. The event will feature a reading of the story, some activities for the kids and a “Meet the Author” opportunity. A free signed copy of the book for any child that participates will also be provided.

Mitchell Farm, a farm that cares for retired race horses, sets the perfect backdrop to this story of a young cart horse with huge ambitions and a heart of gold. The address and a link to their website is provided below.

Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc.
300 East Haddam Rd
Salem, CT 06420

Spowerks Announces New Book!

We’re excited to launch our very first book, A Horse Named Thunder! This is the first in a series of books in which the story is written and the reader must create the illustrations. As a former elementary school teacher, I know that this provides a great opportunity for children to interact with text in a fun way while honing their critical thinking skills. Besides, what kid doesn’t love to draw?

Watch here for upcoming events. Thank you for your support!

— Mike Sposito, owner, Spowerks Storyboard

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