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Author publishes kids book

MEEKER — Most people either know Dolly Viscardi because she taught preschool or because she wrote for the Meeker Herald.

Not many know that Dolly’s new gig is writing children’s books. Her first book, “All Around Cats!,” was published this fall.

The book chats about all the things active cats do with action words that rhyme in a poetic manner and is perfect for infants to hear and beginning readers to practice. The book was published by NorthWord Publishing and released in August. Viscardi said illustrator David Brooks brought her cats to life.



“He did a marvelous job,” she said. “His cats match my ideas perfectly.”

The book is for sale at Wendll’s Wondrous Things and Avis on the Corner at Eighth and Main streets in Meeker. Viscardi was present for a book signing Thursday and Friday.



Viscardi has a second book being considered by publishers and hopes to know by January whether it also will be published.

Her interest in writing was spurred by her children and the lack of fun, active and exciting read-aloud books available for children.

“I wrote it for my kids because there were so few good read-aloud books for pre-schoolers,” Viscardi said. “They need active rhyming books to keep their attention.”

She said she encouraged parents to read to their children from an early age.

“The more they are exposed to books and reading the easier reading is for them,” she said.

Viscardi spent a lifetime promoting literacy locally, as well as through several state organizations. She recommends parents read routinely beginning with infants.

“Finding other avenues, such as story-hours at local libraries or bookstores, are excellent ways to promote interest in books,” she said.

Viscardi has kept busy the past few years leading seminars about poetry and rhyming for children and adults in Steamboat Springs, Glenwood, Meeker and Grand Junction. She taught pre-school for the Meeker School District for several years and plans to write more books.


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