Bronze Medal Winner 2016 MOONBEAM CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD #35: Reading Skills/Literacy About the Book The path that leads into the library is a challenge for the mother in this story; however, the love for her children is what opens the doors. Through courage and sheer determination, everything she learns along her journey helps her to discover her own personal power and fosters a lifelong love of learning within her. There is no bigger strength than facing your fears…and there’s no place like the library! It can lead you to endless possibilities and adventures. About the Author and Illustrator This inspirational story is based on the author’s real-life struggles. Even though she was terrified of the library because of her low literacy level, Carey knew the importance of not allowing her fears to grow within her own children. Facing a fear is never easy but Carey wanted her children to embrace books rather than hold the same fear she held towards them. Although her main purpose was to conquer her fear and create family memories, the library experience blossomed into so much more. Her local library gave her all the tools she needed to become an award-winning self-published author and illustrator of books such as: Ten Little Ladybugs in my Jar, My Dad Couldn’t Read and her bestselling book My Mummy Couldn’t Read. Through sharing her personal struggles with learning to read, Carey continues to bring encouragement to others struggling with literacy. Signing up for a library card can lead to endless possibilities. Go enjoy the local libraries around you!


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Libraries and Books and Words...Oh My!

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Libraries and Books and Words...Oh My!

Written & illustrated by Carey Rigby-Wilcox

Every copy of “Libraries and Books and Words...Oh My!”, See a Book will donate $1.00 to the “Delisle, Sk. Wheatland Library”

Author:  Carey Rigby-Wilcox

Illustrator: Carey Rigby-Wilcox

Publisher:  See a Book Take a Look

Published:  2016

Language: English

Audience Level: Juvenile Fiction, Fiction

Size: 8” x 8”

Format: Full-colour Children’s Book, 36pp


ISBN: 978-1-927778-07-4 –PDF Version

ISBN: 978-1-927778-06-7 –Flow able Version

ISBN: 978-1-927778-05-0 –Fixed Version

ISBN: 978-1-927778-04-3 –Soft Cover Book


Book Review Readers Favorite July 13 2017 #BookReview of #LibrariesandBooksandWordsOhMy from #ReadersFavorite -…/libraries-and-books-and-words… Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Libraries and Books and Words... Oh My! is an inspirational story about illiteracy (and how to overcome it), written and illustrated by Carey Rigby-Wilcox. Narrated from the viewpoint of Carey’s children, they talk of their mother’s extreme fear of going to the library. As a child, Carey loved visiting the library, hearing books read to her, but as she got older, Carey realized that books were quite difficult; she could not understand the words on the page – especially without pictures to tell the reader what is happening. As a mother, Carey sought out help from a tutor, so that she might some day be able to read to her children. Her first visit to the library with her children was a true test, which ultimately led to a panic attack. Determined to overcome her fears for the sake of her children, she persevered. Illiteracy is a real problem for many people, both young and old, and one of the hardest things to do is to admit that there is a problem. I remember the shock I felt when my former fiancé told me he could not read, and the journey we took, with him reading children’s books aloud to me, and my guiding him through the correct pronunciation of words. I very much admire the strength, courage and determination of Carey Rigby-Wilcox, facing her extreme fears head-on for the sake of her children. It’s amazing how much strength we can gain from those we love, especially when those people are our own children. As a sufferer of Agoraphobia with Panic Disorder, I aspire to some day have the same amount of courage as Carey Rigby-Wilcox, as I find her to be a true inspiration. I recommend Libraries and Books and Words... Oh My! to all readers over the age of 15, who find some things to be more of a challenge than other people might find them, especially when those things cause emotional distress, anxiety and panic within ourselves. Midwest Book Review Reviewer's Choice Children's Bookwatch: April 2017 Link: "Libraries and Books and Words... Oh My!" is an inspiring story based upon the author's life experience. The heroine is a mother who is determined to face her fear of books and libraries, based on limited reading skills, and to open up the world of books and libraries for her two children. First she began taking reading lessons from an excellent tutor named Lisa. Then she made the huge commitment of actually taking her two children to visit the local library, despite her paralyzing fear. The children loved the library. The librarian helped the children apply to receive their own library cards, a magical ticket to a wonderful world. While both children discovered many books to borrow and read, their mother was content to sit quietly in a corner and just watch them explore the wonderful library. They knew she was still afraid. Only gradually did their mother over come her fear of libraries and books. Her continued reading with her tutor, Lisa helped her overcome some of her fear. Finally one day, their mommy overcame her fear of libraries and opened up a book to read, "You always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself," also from "The Wizard of Oz." Delicate, pastel self portraits and pictures of magical places, people, and creatures adorn each page of "Libraries and Books and Words...Oh My!" Both illustrations and narrative are the creation of author Carey Rigby-Wilcox, who tells her story simply but with great eloquence. "Libraries and Books and Words... Oh My!" is the winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award.

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