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HECC Welcomes Guest Author Tamara Girardi

Highlands Early Childhood Center welcomed local guest author Tamara Girardi to the school library on Oct. 4 to share and read to the Kindergarten students her debut board book, Why, Daddy? Why?, released in May 2022.

Quickly named one of the best books of the year by Amazon, the story is about how a cuddly papa bear uses his cub’s naturally inquisitive nature to show the many forms of his love. After Girardi read the book to the Kindergarten students, she surprised them with the news that they would receive their very own autographed copy of her book!

The purchase of the 170 books was made possible through donations from the Highlands Area Rotary Club, the Tarentum Area Lions Club and the Mystery Lover’s Bookshop in Oakmont. Members of the Rotary Club and Lions Club attended the event and distributed the books to the students. Girardi’s visit was coordinated by HECC Librarian Mrs. Laurie Malcolm and Principal Mrs. Kristie Gizienski.

Why, Daddy? Why? is available through online retailers and at Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont. It’s also for sale on Amazon for $8.99, where it’s listed as an Editor’s Pick for best books for kids up to age 2.

Also an author of young adult fiction, Girardi signed a book deal with Wise Wolf Books in June of 2021 for six young adult contemporary novels to be released in 2022 and 2023. Three of the six books are already available – Gridiron Girl, Disorder on the Court and Ultimate Takedown.

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Check out the Valley News Dispatch article about Girardi's visit to HECC!