Words with Jazzy
by Sonya McGiboney
* Ages: 2+
* Grade Level: PS-1
* Length: 40 pages
* Publisher: Sonja McGiboney
* Pub. Date: March 8, 2022
* ISBN-13: 979-8985840513
* Language: English
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Meet the Author/Photographer
Sonja McGiboney, a native of Pennsylvania, obtained her degree in music from West Virginia University. After graduating, she married Dale and accompanied him on his twenty-five-year military career. She has two wonderful children, Rachel and Ryan, and is now living with Dale in Smithfield, Virginia. In 2015, Sonja and Dale got a new puppy and named her Jazzy. It was only natural to document Jazzy’s antics. After a year of pictures, the first book, “GROWING UP JAZZY” was created. Jazzy is now the star of fourteen picture books for children.
Sonja is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Virginia Writers Club and the Chesapeake Bay Writers.
Jazzy is a brown and white Boxer-Labrador-Pitbull mix dog. Her mama was rescued and two days later had nine puppies. Jazzy is the youngest.
At eight weeks she came to our house to live forever. For a photographer, it is like getting the perfect model. Her adorable antics and cute expressions are hard to resist.
After taking thousands of photos during her first year, I created a book to give to my great nieces. I threw together a few rhyming stanzas and sent it off. A week later they called and asked if I had more Jazzy books.
Eighteen books later and I can’t stop. The creativity still flows. Jazzy, for her part, loves the work. If I leave my camera bag out on the floor, she will start nudging it with her nose as if to say, “C’mon mom, let’s work, I want some treats!”
Jazzy and I have created all kinds of books to help children read, from alphabet books and books about friendship and self worth to books about places. Jazzy has explored the library, Smithfield, Virginia and Murfreesboro, North Carolina.
She is a celebrity here in Smithfield, Virginia. The other day we were walking on Main Street and a car slowed. The passenger window slid down and the woman driving leaned over to say, “It’s Jazzy! Kid’s it’s Jazzy!” They didn’t know my name, only that I am Jazzy’s mama. And that’s okay. “
Here is a list of books based, roughly, on reading level from easiest (kindergarten) to hardest (third grade).
Words with Jazzy
Counting Down Jazzy
Hide and Seek - Jazzy’s Alphabet Adventure
Jazzy’s Whole World
Growing Up Jazzy
Jazzy’s Twelve Days of Christmas
Jazzy's Halloween-A Night in Ghouling Brook
Little Red Jazzyhood
Jazzy and Friends
Princess Jazzy - How to Prove You're a Princess
Jazzy Explores the Library
Jazzy Explores Smithfield, Virginia
Jazzy Explores Murfreesboro, NC
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