I can honestly say that I've always liked my name. Even though that's true, I still sometimes wished for something different. You might laugh, but I used to wish my name was Amethyst. Amethysts are my favorite precious stones and I thought it'd be fun to be called "Amy" for short. In My Name is Leona a cute little girl named Leona (who happens to have a pet cat which is a plus--my kids love cats) doesn't like her own name and finds it very hard to choose names for her goldfish and her cat.
This book is such a charming read by a 1st time author. Truly, Carol Gahara Harris inspires me to start sending my own children's book off for publication. My Name is Leona is a heart-touching story and an important one. Leona's quest of finally appreciating her unusual name won the hearts of this year's Mom's Choice Awards' judges, giving the sweetly illustrated book its coveted 2013 Gold rating. It's well deserved!
Another thing that really impressed me about this book and author are the many ties they have to charities. The author will be doing a book reading for hospitalized children at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas; a book signing for which a portion of proceeds will benefit Nino Salvaggio's Charitable Foundation for Children in Need in the author’s hometown of Clinton Township, Michigan; and a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital held at a local restaurant in Clinton Township. I was actually born in Clinton Township and I'm very philanthropic so those qualities made me feel a special bond with the author. This is definitely a book worth purchasing, and a charitable author worth supporting! You can find it on Amazon.com.
Special thanks to KidStuff PR and the author for providing us with this review opportunity.