By LAUREN MITCHEL
Katie Deardorff, an art teacher at Indian Rock Elementary School in the York Suburban School District, wrote a children’s picture book, complete with her own illustrations and a handwritten story, and it’s inspired by her pet dog, Jackson. The 20-page book is titled “Jackson Discovers Pattern.”
When teaching the kindergarten class, Deardorff uses picture books and sometimes shows ictures of Jackson as an example.
“The students wanted to meet my dog, so I brought him in one day so they could meet him. hey were pretty excited. That’s how I got the idea to create a picture book with Jackson as the main character,” she said about her inspiration for the book.
Deardorff, who’s been teaching in the district for three years, looked to a fellow children’s author, Eric Carle, writer and illustrator of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” when choosing a technique for for book.
While this work is her first published book, the teacher-turned-author hopes to eventually print a
total of 10 books in a series called “Jackson Discovers Art.” These books would target 3- to 7-year-old children.
Being able to display her artistic and creative talents in this book excites Deardorff, especially now that she can share them with parents and their children.
“It’s surreal right now. I usually do this for fun. My students think it’s cool. And I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from parents, too,” she said.
Published by Lulu Publishing Company, “Jackson Discovers Pattern” is for sale for $16.95 at Just Dogs! Gourmet in the York Galleria Mall. It will also be available for purchase online in the coming weeks. Check amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com soon for availability.