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Daughter asking ‘How much do you love me?’ inspires author
Becky Creed Richardson (right) and her daughter, Jenny Maun, read Love for Marvin, written and illustrated by Richardson and dedicated to Jenny.
FLORESVILLE -- Retiring from her teaching career has freed a local resident to pursue her dream of becoming an author.
Becky Creed Richardson, who taught for 24 years in the Floresville Independent School District, will hold a book signing Saturday, July 28, in the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library for her first book, Love for Marvin, which she also illustrated. The children’s book was inspired by Richardson’s daughter, Jenny Maun, who as a child would always ask, “How much do you love me?”
Richardson’s response was always, “Big much, infinity and beyond, squared and cubed, and all the way to Pluto and back an infinite number of times.”
This, along with her classroom experience, inspired the text of her book, which includes a number of devices familiar to teachers the world over, among them alliteration, repetition, opposites, and rhyme. (See Love for Marvin review, this page.)
“There’s just a lot of things for teachers to use [in the book],” the author said.
The veteran first-grade teacher recalls writing songs to help her students remember math and social studies facts, words, science information, and more. The book was written about 10 years ago, but languished as Richardson finished her career. Another delay was caused by failed collaborations with several illustrators, which led to Richardson producing her own illustrations.
“That was the hardest part,” she said with a laugh. “Talking myself into illustrating it!”
Although inspired by her daughter, Richardson decided her main character should be a boy, since so few children’s books feature boys.
“It’s very rare that the books with boy characters are boys,” she said. “They’re raccoons or aardvarks, or something.”
The most fun of bringing the book to life, she said, has been the response from those who read it.
“Everyone that’s read it gives such high praise!” Richardson said. “... The positive feedback has been wonderful!”
Community members can meet Richardson and have the opportunity to buy copies of the book during the book-signing event this weekend. (See “Book signing,” this page.)
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