SUDBURY, MA — Authors like Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates and James Baldwin didn’t publish their first books until they were adults. But budding Sudbury authors can jump into publishing right now.
Goodnow Library is launching a new initiative to collect books written by local youth, specifically Sudbury-area K-5 students.
Goodnow’s new ‘Local Lit’ collection recently added its first title: the book ‘Pal’ by Sudbury elementary school student Asher Goldman.
“A kid gets a new dog, but he has to go away a whole day and leave the dog alone,” the synopsis reads. “His dog doesn’t know what’s going on, so he goes looking for his new family and has an amazing adventure with other animals. But he has to get home before the sun goes down. And if he doesn’t don’t?”
Any local author who attends a school in Sudbury or a surrounding town is invited to submit a book to the collection. The only requirement is that the book be professionally bound, a service that companies like Snapfish and Shutterfly can provide. The collection cannot accept handwritten or bound books because they must be durable enough to remain in circulation, according to the library.
“This is a great opportunity for children to write original books for their peers,” library director Esmé Green said in a press release. “There’s nothing quite like seeing your book in print and on the shelf of your favorite library. The library is so excited to support the next generation of authors!”
If you know a young author with a book, contact the Goodnow Children’s Department at [email protected] or (978) 440-5545.