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MCHS graduate, author to make appearances Saturday

Bridget Manley

If you go

What: Reading by children’s book author Jeff Stoddard

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St.

Cost: Free

• For information, call 824-5116.

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What: Reading by children’s book author Jeff Stoddard

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

Cost: Free

• For information, call 824-5343.

Breaking into the children’s book trade may look easy.

But Jeff Stoddard, a 1976 Moffat County High School graduate, knows better.

“Everybody thinks they can do children’s books,” he said. “(But) it’s really hard to get into the industry.”

Stoddard, who now lives in Colorado Springs, recently finished writing and illustrating his second book, “Skid and the Too Tiny Tunnel.”

He returns to Craig this weekend to present his latest work.

Stoddard is scheduled to make a 10 a.m. appearance Saturday at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St. A second reading follows from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

In addition to sharing his work with young readers, he also hopes to give guidance to would-be children’s book authors who might attend.

“I’ll give them a dose of reality,” he said, “but a dose of encouragement, as well.”

“Skid and the Too Tiny Tunnel” tells the story of a skid steer that longs to be as powerful as the other machines in the equipment yard. When a tunnel under construction collapses and leaves the largest bulldozer trapped, only Skid can navigate through a small tunnel to rescue him.

“Skid and the Too Tiny Tunnel” is the second book Stoddard has written and illustrated. Like his first book, “Pete and Pillar and the Big Rain,” “Skid” uses large, heavy machinery with character to convey Bible-based messages.

Stoddard’s work has a large local following. When “Pete and Pillar” hit the shelves, Downtown Books of Craig sold about 150 copies, Co-owner Carol Jacobson said.

This time, Jacobson’s playing it safe and ordering about 200 copies of “Skid.”

Stoddard hopes the books will do more than generate sales. Instead, he hopes that, when read aloud, they strengthen the bond between parent and child.

“It’s more than just a book,” he said. “It’s a tool for a relationship.”

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com

If you go

What: Reading by children’s book author Jeff Stoddard

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St.

Cost: Free

• For information, call 824-5116.

What: Reading by children’s book author Jeff Stoddard

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

Cost: Free

• For information, call 824-5343.