Thursday, November 19, 2015

New Children's Book Benefits Breast Cancer

In Grandma’s Garden (ISBN: 978-0-692-53795-4), by Brenda West Cockerell and illustrated by Linda Olafsdottir, is a book celebrating the wonderment of childhood and the unexpected surprises to be found in the beauty and sanctuary of a garden. The simple rhymes and verses are “child’s play,” enticing young readers while quietly building confidence—a teacher’s most cherished success.

Author Brenda West Cockerell, a native Texan and former elementary school teacher, tries to live each day by the words of her grandmother—“Sing loud even if you don’t know the words,” and “Everything looks brighter from behind a smile.” In Grandma’s Garden is her first children’s book and is her tribute to the memory of her friend and educator, Holly Horton who died of breast cancer.

The book’s illustrator, Linda Olafsdottir, lives in Reykjavik, Iceland and holds an MFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California.  Linda has illustrated picture books, educational books, stamps, and children’s clothing.

All proceeds from In Grandma’s Garden benefit The Beacon Family Foundation. Its mission is to provide resources for families by providing funds for breast cancer research, educational scholarships, and special needs.

For more information about In Grandma’s Garden, please visit

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