County teacher plans cel­e­bra­tion for her chil­dren’s book

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

PER­RYVILLE

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF YVANNA BRIGHT

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.

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