Sunday, May 3, 2009

**Welcome Children's Author JENNIFER SWANSON**

Welcome Aboard Jennifer! Author of: "PENNY & RIO" Subtitle: "The Mysterious Backyard Meeting" Genre: Children's Book/ Ages 6-9/ Early Reader Chapter Book Illustrated by: Rosita Schandy & Neil Wooten Jennifer Swanson's lifelong interest in books led her to become a children's author. She has shared her book with children all over the world. In addition to books, Jennifer is also dedicated to canine causes, and in support of this, she donates a portion of her proceeds to G.R.E.A.T. Rescue. It is a local organization that rescues and rehabilitates Golden Retrievers, and to Pawsitive Pets, an organization that helps children learn to read through the aid of canine companions. Her book, Penny & Rio: The Mysterious Backyard Meeting is a 2009 Mom's Choice Silver Award Winner for juvenile fiction, and is a second place winner in the 2008 Florida Writer's Association Royal Palm Literary Awards for published children's fiction. It has received The Dove Foundation's Family Seal of Approval for all ages. In February 2009, Jennifer was a local guest author at Jackonville's Much Ado About Books Festival. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Jennifer is employed as a middle school science instructor by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth.