County teacher plans celebration for her children’s book
— Local teacher Yvanna Bright is hosting a celebration Sunday for her first book, entitled “My Mommy Prays.”
Along with book sales and signing by the author, the party will offer light refreshments, crafts for the kids and a performance by Extreme Balloon Man.
Copies of “My Mommy Prays” will be available for just $10 at the event, which will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at Perryville Elementary School, where Bright teaches second grade.
Bright said the idea for the book came in a dream of sorts, when she awakened from a deep sleep in the middle of the night.
“I heard my son say, ‘ Mommy pray,’” Bright said.
But she realized it wasn’t her son Hayden, who was 3 at the time. Suddenly, she thought of the stories they had from praying together. She reached for her phone and jotted down the ideas.
Later she would tell her husband: “Honey, I wrote a book while you were sleeping.”
It’s a nightly ritual in the Bright household to pray with Hayden, now 4, Oshea, 10, and Olivia, 21 months old.
“I pray with them, then my husband reads to them and he prays with them,” Bright said. “If I’m not in the room Hayden will yell, ‘Mommy come pray.’”
“My Mommy Prays” was written about Bright’s experience with Hayden through their prayer life. It’s a picture-filled story that shows how children learn by what they see, but also about the value of a prayerful life from the beginning. While the story is based on Hayden he is not mentioned by name in the paperback children’s book.
“I did not use any names. This is just a little boy praying,” Bright said. “I want children and moms to get the book and start praying together.”
“My Mommy Prays” is being translated for a Spanish language version and will also be available in e-book format soon. Meanwhile, the self- published book is on its way to landing in Cecil County stores and into the hands of families.
“It’s been eye-opening, exhilarating and frustrating all at the same time,” Bright said of the experience. All that said, she is already planning a second book, which she wrote while a student at Morgan State University.
“My professor encouraged me to get it published,” she said. Now that she knows how it’s done, Bright is revisiting that work.
Although she is a Christian, Bright said the book would be enjoyable for a person of any spiritual leaning.
“People of all faiths pray, and it’s important to pray with your child regardless of your faith,” she said.
“My Mommy Prays” is also available on Amazon for $14.99.
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Yvanna Bright, a 2nd grade teacher at Perryville Elementary School, will host a party Dec. 11 at the school on Maywood Avenue to promote her new book, “My Mommy Prays.”
Bright’s celebration event for her new book will take place Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. It’ll feature a book signing, a magician and crafts.