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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New Book Celebrates a Kentucky Christmas

Jennifer Sierra will sign her book at The Blue Marble in Fort Thomas on December 17. 
By Robin Gee

Jennifer Sierra’s Merry Christmas, Y'all takes readers young and old on a holiday tour through beloved locales and some surprising finds across Kentucky. Readers ride along with Santa as he travels throughout the state collecting items made by Kentucky elves.

When she could not find a Kentucky-themed holiday book for her daughter, Sierra decided to create the book herself. As a fine artist and illustrator, she says she had a clear vision of how she wanted the book to look and feel from the start.

The most fun, she says, is sharing that vision and learning how much her idea has touched readers.

With Dr. Suess-like rhymes, Santa's journey features places and goods that make Kentucky special including the Newport Aquarium, Rebecca Ruth’s candy, Floyd County coal mines, the Corvette Museum and the home of Louisville Slugger baseball bats.

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 “Both kids and adults seem really moved by the book. It has brought people to tears, and that is pretty awesome to have something you create have such a positive and sweet impact on others,” she says.

She adds that sharing what makes Kentucky special has been especially heart-warming.

“Lots of people who read the book didn’t realize that Corvettes are made in Kentucky, and that there is a museum devoted to them in our own state. Many people don’t know that The Bourbon Ball candy was invented in Kentucky or that Cumberland Falls has a moonbow, a rainbow created by the moon instead of the sun. I just felt it was time for Kentucky to be celebrated.” 

In Fort Thomas, pick up a copy of Merry Christmas, Y’all at Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore (1356 S. Fort Thomas Ave.) or Diamonds and Dimples (654 Highland Ave.). The book also is available at Joseph-Beth Bookstore, online at iTunes and Amazon.

Jennifer Sierra will be at The Blue Marble Bookstore in Fort Thomas on December 17th from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. for a reading and signing of her book.

Jennifer is working on a companion book featuring Christmas in Ohio and a coloring book for Rebecca Ruth Candy of Bourbon Ball fame.

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