Author Appearance and Book Signing Event Comes to Oklahoma City, 8/23

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Jody Mackey, author/illustrator, will be signing copies of Sally Loves . . . to Swim! and Sally Loves . . . to Dance!

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Saturday, 8/23/2014 the Learning Tree Toys, Books & Games - Wilshire Village - 7638 North Western, Oklahoma City, OK 73116
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Saturday, 8/23/2014 Full Circle Bookstore - Located in 50 Penn Place - 1900 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Jody Mackey's favorite children's character, Sally, was first published in 2013. Sally Loves . . . to Swim! and second book in the series, Sally Loves . . . to Dance! are destined to be classics, already producing companion coloring, activity and sticker books. The original Sally is adventurous, energetic, charming and ever so determined. As the story continues, Sally Loves . . . to Dance! shows a softer, prettier side of Sally, yet still as charming and inspiring as ever. What is it about this character that has endeared her to so many young readers and parents alike? The answer is - she could be anyone of us.

Sally has been described as charming, active, enthusiastic, and having a certain willingness to try new, sometimes unconventional, activities. She may not have been the fastest, or the even the most competitive, but she certainly was going to give it her all and enjoy herself along the way. Sally stands out, not because of the sports or the activities she does, but because her determination is inspiring to all of us.

No doubt about it: Sally is a special little girl, and that's what makes her such a uniquely wonderful role model. When kids these days are glued to the TV or iPad, she gives young girls the inspiration to get up, start moving and seek out sports or activities that they love and enjoy. Sally empowers girls to make their own dreams come true and to develop an appetite for lifelong activity.

Sally inherited her spirited personality from her creator Jody Mackey. Like Sally, Mackey is active, enjoys and competes in sports and in a number of activities. Her list of talents is considerable: an author, an illustrator, an Ironman, a triathlete, a runner, a cyclist, an equestrian and even a golfer. She is first and foremost a wife and companion who surrounds herself with family and close friends. Mackey always considers herself more an artist-illustrator than a writer. However, she is known to admit how much she enjoys telling the stories and inserting friends, family members and even pets into them. As each story unfolds, in addition to important lessons about following one's dreams, Mackey always finds a way to illustrate the rewards of determination and the joys of friendship and family.

Sally Loves... to Swim! * by Jody Mackey
Publication Date: 8/26/2013
Picture Book; $17.49; 40 pages; 978-1-4836-6758-4
Picture Book Hardcover; $24.99; 40 pages; 978-1-4836-6759-1

Sally Dance!* by Jody Mackey
Publication Date: 2/17/2014
Picture Book; $17.49; 42 pages; 978-1-4931-6213-0
Picture Book Hardcover; $24.99; 42 pages; 978-1-4931-6214-7

For more information on this book, interested parties may contact

To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Champ Youth (520) 615-9591 or call (520) 529-2403

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