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June 18, 2014

2-year-old inspires mom to write picture book

2-year-old inspires mom to write picture book

Addisyn Tocco talks constantly, has what seems like an unending source of energy and is even the star of her own children’s picture book.

And she’s only 2.

Addisyn’s mother, Heather L. Tocco, recently wrote a short picture book for young children featuring illustrations of Addisyn doing various activities with her family, like eating dinner or having her mother tie her shoes. The book, which is due out on Amazon.com and in bookstores June 24, is Tocco’s first — but she says it won’t be her last.

Tocco knew in high school she wanted to write a book. Now a nurse in a local OB/GYN office, she drew the idea for the book from watching her young daughter interact with her family and the things around her.

“Most of my inspiration comes from being a mom,” she said, adding she has no interest in writing fiction for adults.

“Addisyn’s Bedtime Grace” comes out at just 92 words from “Dear God” to “Amen.” Using simple, rhyming words and phrases, the book teaches children to be thankful for the things they have.

“Once the idea came to me, I just went with it,” Tocco said.

A couple weeks after writing the first draft, she submitted it to Tate Publishing. The Oklahoma-based independent Christian firm combines elements of self-publishing and traditional publishing models, according to Mark Levine, author of the book “The Fine Print of Self-Publishing.”

After submitting her manuscript, Tocco said she had expected at best a reply stating the company would take it under review. “So I was really surprised when they accepted it,” Tocco said.

Tate’s website indicates it accepts a low percentage of submissions.

The illustrations in Tocco’s book are based on photographs of Addisyn and her family, drawn by a Tate illustrator.

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