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Bestselling Children’s Book Author Visits Challenger K-8

By Dana Colon

SPRING HILL- On Wednesday, Students and Faculty at Challenger K-8 welcomed New York Times Bestselling Author and Illustrator Diane deGroat. Children gathered around all-ears and wide-eyed, as the award winning author read some of her finest works in the school’s library.

DeGroat began publishing children’s books in the 1970s’, which primarily focus on a child’s character development and often revolve around a character named “Charlie the Dog”. One lesson taken from Charlie is overcoming fear.

First Grade teacher Bonnie Brockhoff contacted deGroat and invited her to read to the students at Challenger K-8. Brockhoff explained that a coworker’s son, Kindergartener Keegan Quinn, had kidney surgery and brought his Charlie puppet into the operating room with him. The child’s bravery, manifested through the comfort of his Charliepuppet, touched deGroat so profoundly that she accepted the invitation.

Some of deGroat’s bestselling picture books include: Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet, and Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink.

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