Local Children’s Book Author Shares Her Message During Storytime
Sunday, August 18, 2013 • 8:57pm
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The local Berkeley Heights children know her as Ms. Jo, storyteller at Deena’s Delights and Yogoccino. JoAnn Jackovino, a local author who lives in New Providence, has written and illustrated more than 35 books with the common message to “be nice.”
She is passionate about her stories and wants to make a difference in making children feel special. Jackovino shares her message that “kids are wonderful, and they need to know that. Kids know that their parents think they are special, but they need to feel special outside the home too.”
It is my sincere hope that, through my stories, my young readers will learn how unique they are, gain self-confidence and self esteem, and learn the important life-lessons in a fun, entertaining way.”
Jackovino brings a bag of goodies to her storytime presentations filled with stickers, magnets and a jar of special pennies. The pivotal character of her first book, Humphrey the Magic Frog to the Rescue, has a shocking pink heart that illuminates off the pages and possesses a “wee bit of magic.”
She gives each child a sparkly “shocking pink” heart sticker to bring home with them to remind them to do something extra special that night. She makes the children promise her that they will continue to “be nice”.
Jackovino wrote Tommy’s Tiny Red Truck, The Story of Tommy, a Child with Autism after being asked by Maggie Barry, school nurse at MaryKay McMillin Early Childhood Center, to consider a topic sensitive to autism in schools. This book was written to empower children to gain insight into the world of autism. “It is my hope that the story of Tommy will foster sensitivity and understanding in children for their classmates and friends with autism,” said Jackovino. The book contains a “Read-to-Me-Story” for children, as well as “Resource Sections” and “Notes to Teachers and Parents.” The book is approved by Autism New Jersey.
The Tale of Benjamin Bulldog, Be a Buddy, Not a Bully is Jackovino’s latest book. As she read to the children, she interacted and recited the story in her character voice, asking the young listeners how the bullying behavior would make them feel. Getting the children to talk about how they feel about the bullying in the book, Jackovino hopes that her “be nice” message will stick with the children and bullying will end. Jackovino’s books are available on Amazon.com, and all books are available in Kindle books.
When Jackovino isn’t writing her children’s stories, she is a substitute teacher in the Berkeley Heights Public School District; teaches an “Author, Author” series through the New Providence Recreation Department and Madison YMCA; and she creates personallized storybooks based on children’s illustrations (by special order).
Contact Jackovino for scheduling storytimes, assemblies, workshops, classroom presentations, tutoring, and ordering personalized books by calling her at (908) 464-1384, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check in with Deena's Delights and Yogoccino for the fall schedule of storytimes with Ms. Jo.