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Author Mary Eckard Shares a Fun Way to Introduce Vegetables to Children at the 2024 Printers Row Lit Fest

Two vegetables, Arty, the artichoke, and Tato, the potato, embark on a journey to explore the world of gardens and find their way to the VEGSQUAD.

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Mary Eckard’s children’s book “Two Friends at Play!: Arty, the Artichoke Tato, the Potato” will be exhibited at the 2024 Printers Row Lit Fest. The book event will take place on September 7-8, 2024, at Printers Row Park, 620 S Dearborn St (Ida B Wells & Polk), Chicago, Illinois.

Presented by the not-for-profit Near South Planning Board, the Printers Row Lit Fest is the largest free outdoor literary event in the Midwest. This two-day open-air festival draws over 100,000 attendees and features book exhibits, book signings, panels, discussions, and a variety of other programs. This community-based celebration for book lovers provides an opportunity for authors and publishing companies to showcase their works and products to a wide and diverse audience.

“Two Friends at Play!” tells the story of two vegetables named Arty, the artichoke, and his best friend, Tato, the potato. The story centers around the theme of acceptance and friendship. It also introduces young readers to different vegetables and the VEGSQUAD.

The book features illustrations by Diane McGuire, which allow young readers to explore beyond the story. The illustrations can give a glimpse of the world in the story, creating an active engagement in the eyes of the developing child.

Visitors to the Printers Row Lit Fest 2024 can find “Two Friends at Play!” Exhibited at the self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet’s exhibit. The company helps established and emerging authors build their platforms, share their stories with the world, and connect with their peers through book exhibits at national and international book fairs.

Get a copy of “Two Friends at Play!” by Mary Eckard on Amazon.

Author’s Biography:

Author Mary Eckard-Good majored in Music at Michigan State University. She continued her studies in Opera at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, and Indiana University-South Bend. She was a Founder of the South Bend, Indiana Symphonic Choir and the Michiana Opera Guild. Mary was a businesswoman who worked in sales and marketing for 3M Company and several hospital systems. Residing now in Carmel, IN, she is a member of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra Women’s League and has been an active member of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce. She is also an elected member of the Clay Township Board in Carmel and has published a book entitled “Take Your Stage.

Illustrator/Graphic Designer Diane McGuire studied at Purdue University and received a BA in Graphic Design. A fifty-year advertising career included completing projects for area businesses, such as The Indianapolis Public Library and Hamilton County Parks and Recreation. She was also an American Corporate Identity award recipient. She has recently illustrated and published on Amazon 3 books with author, Sondra E. Hayes - Mufasa & Rex, Best Friends for Life; Shoes and The Toy Rebellion.

“Two Friends at Play!”
Author: Mary Eckard
Genre: Children’s Book
Publisher: BookBaby
Published Date: January 25, 2024

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