By Sherry Hang
BOOKS TO MAKE YOU SMILE!
couple of years ago, local author Sarah Curry Rathel tugged at the heartstrings of many with her book
There’s Something Different About My Hair, an ode to how our differences can bring us together. Now, she’s currently working on a new adventure, the Smile Books Project — a non-profit organization creating personalized books and coloring books featuring children with life-threatening medical conditions as the main characters. Working with author/ illustrator Robert Kelly and Blue River Printing, the duo creates fun stories that detail a child’s own heroic tale. The process is pretty simple. A referral is made on the website, families are contacted to set up interviews either at home or at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater
Top right: Little Ryan poses with his family and a poster of the book about him, Rose for Ryan. Bottom: Local kids gathered to support the fundraiser for Kyler where the book about him, Forever Kyler Strong, was sold.
MATH COMES ALIVE FOR KIDS
School’s about to begin, and although it might seem tough to get excited about illustrates. Following reviews and revisions, the math, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has an idea — the MathAlive! book is printed. Families receive a copy for free, exhibit, on display through Sunday, along with a movie-size poster. Oct. 2. The free exhibit, produced by Recently, extra copies of a book were Evergreen Exhibitions, features 40 activities produced and sold for a fundraiser. designed to make math fun — kids can play video games and learn about “If doing these ‘sales’ helps bring more smiles math through sports, music, space and and potentially helps raise money and awareness, robotics. Although the exhibit is designed we are happy to help in that small way,” says for all ages, it’s especially targeted for Rathel. grades 3 - 8. So make a date with your budding mathematician (or perhaps a To learn more, and to get a peek reluctant student) and head to the National at some of the book titles — and the Museum of the U.S. Air Force at 1100 children that are featured — visit Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB, near smilebooksproject.org. Dayton. Call 937-255-3286 or visit nationalmuseum.af.mil. Cincinnati. Rathel writes a story while Kelly
REVAMP KID WARDROBES IN TIME FOR SCHOOL Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment Sale — a twice-a-year consignment event — takes place Aug. 6 - 11 at Forest Fair Village (717 Cincinnati Mills Drive). The Back to School/Fall & Winter Event features items in sizes newborn through teens, as well as baby equipment, indoor and outdoor toys, DVDs, books, shoes, furniture and maternity clothing. Get a complete schedule of times at northcincinnati. rhealana.com.
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Cincinnati Family magazine August 2016