Children's author stresses imagining

By Paula Evans Neuman
The News-Herald
June 16, 2010

Cathy Carroll, 51, of Taylor wants to nourish children's imaginations.

She has written, illustrated and self-published a children's book, Lukas, to promote that aim.

"Children, at very young ages, are introduced to this never-ending, increasingly enticing world of computer technology -- what I refer to as prefabricated imagination," she said.

She wrote her book for parents to read out loud to young children.

"Lukas has been written and illustrated to inspire parents to be the voice of the story, expressing their own unique imagination," she said.

She had to sell her car and hold a "gigantic" yard sale to finance the publishing of the book. But she's not sorry she did it.

"For the first time in my life, I am who I want and need to be," Carroll said.

She has teamed up with Nina Hagood, owner of Mastro's Sweet Shoppe, 22685 Northline Road, Taylor, to hold a special reading and signing of Lukas and entertain children.

From noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday (June 20), Carroll will be at the shop with activities for children and books for sale.

Book purchases (cost is $17.99 at the event) will come with a free Lukas poster signed by the author. And 20 percent of the proceeds from book sales will be donated to Taylor's Heritage Park Petting Farm, Carroll said.

Also on hand will be a professional balloon twister creating balloon art. The shop will offer special sundaes with a Lukas theme all day.

Carroll's book also can be purchased via her website, www.myimaginationpublishing.com.

(City of Taylor note: Cathy Carroll also will read her book at the campfire of The Great Heritage Park Campout on June 26. For more information on the campout, visit http://www.cityoftaylor.com/youth.)

Children's book author and illustrator Cathy Carroll of Taylor.