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Local Author: Michele Spotts Trying to Spread Kindness

By Alvernia University

May 12, 2020

Michele Spotts, a Reading-based author, is trying to end bullying and spread positivity through her book, ​Zotts & His Unfortunate Spots.

Michele Spotts Author & Illustrator of Zotts & His Unfortunate Spots

● She hopes this message can impact kids at a young age so they can carry themselves in a positive manner throughout school.

● Michele has heard positive feedback from many parents and even a school psychologist, who said she will start to implement the book into her lesson plans.

Michele’s start to becoming an author was quite unusual. She had three baby showers coming up for friends and family members, which required her to bring a book as a gift. Instead of going out and buying a book, she figured she would try to write a children’s book herself. She used inspiration from family members to compose her book. “​Since I wanted to keep it tied to my family, the book is a playoff of our family’s last name Spotts (Zotts), and one of the main characters Marty is named after my Uncle who passed away.” Her book has a great family-feel, and surely does its job to get the message across to the young kids who read it.

When Michele created her book, she of course had a target market in mind. She states that her book is intended for children ages 3-6. As far as the goal of her book, Michele had a great statement to sum up why she made ​Zotts & His Unfortunate Spots. ​ “My hope is to spread a message of kindness to children at an early age so they can carry that message with them as they go through school and life.” She also mentioned the importance of targeting parents, as she feels that all parents should know the significance of teaching their children to be kind to others.

When it comes to feedback, Michele’s book has had great reviews. She explained how she has heard great things from parents on how it has impacted their children. She even got a positive message from a school psychologist. “One source of feedback came from a school psychologist who praised the book and said she would use it in some of her lesson plans,” Michele said. We hope that these positive reviews can catch the eye of our target market and influence them to buy the book.

As far as the future of her writing career is concerned, Michele noted that she has plans for more books in the future, so be on the lookout! For the consumers who are wondering how they can purchase the book, you can either shop on Amazon, or Michele’s website, zottsthezebra.com. Although the virus prevented Michele from attending a book event where she was going to sell and promote her book, she has decided to try and make a difference in the community, while also advertising her book. “In recognition of the impact COVID-19 has had on the local community I have decided to donate $5 for every book sold on my website to Helping Harvest for Berks and Schuylkill Counties – ​https://helpingharvest.org/​.”

Zotts & His Unfortunate Spots, ​ written by Michele Spotts, is a very influential book that all parents should consider buying for their children. The book uses various animals to promote positive messages of kindness and anti-bullying, with visually appealing content that all kids will love. We hope that we can help to promote Michele’s books through various means of print advertising such as brochures and bookmarks.

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