Celebrate Children's Book Week with a story May 17

By Blue Ridge Books | May 09, 2014

Blue Ridge Books is celebrating the 95th Children's Book Week with a reading by local author Janet Frazier at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

Frazier is a pastor's wife and mother of seven. She did not grow up in Western North Carolina, but says she got here as quickly as she could. She loves living outside of Waynesville and is a media coordinator at Central Elementary School. Her husband, Steve, is the pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in the Bethel community.

Frazier has loved writing since she was a little girl and published her first book in 2004. Two of her books — “The Case of the Theme Park Cry” and “The Mysterious Mall Disappearance” — are children's Christian mystery novels.

They are choose-your-own storylines, which she says were a challenge to write as multiple routes are possible through the story. While these are written on a third- to fifth-grade level, they have been enjoyed by both younger and older readers and are great to read aloud.

The books teach Biblical concepts like honesty and charity as the story unfolds. These concepts were important to her as she raised her own children, so she incorporated these things into her books.

A third book in the Preacher's Kids Mystery Series is currently in the works.

Her third book, “52 Bible Based Theme Nights for Your Church,” is a how-to book for churches to create their own Bible-based fun including food, Bible stories, Scripture, activities/games and more centering around a theme.

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect.

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