RI Loves: The ABC’s of Rhode Island is an alphabetical tour of all things Rhode Island written and illustrated by Jill Austin.
Preschoolers, and adults alike, will all find something to love in this whimsical look at the Ocean State.
The book was written for preschool and toddler age children, but I’ve found that adults are enjoying it too because of the references to RI nostalgia, local brand and state institutions.
The book was written and illustrated over several months and was inspired by my 3 year old daughter. She loves to read. Reading so many books to her inspired me to try my hand at it and the first topic that came to mind was showcasing the state I live in and love.
Choosing words for each letter was based on my love of RI and all the great memories I have from growing up here. Some pages reflect personal memories for me like the “r is for Rocky Point” page and the “u is for Unforgettable” page.
I’ve found as people read the book and comment on it they feel the same connection to these places and things that are uniquely RI, just with their own personal memories attached.
RI BUSINESSES AND GROUPS SHOWCASED IN THE BOOK
Autocrat Coffee Syrup, Big Blue Bug Solutions, Brown University, Bryant University, CCRI, Del’s Lemonade, ESPN’s X Games, Johnson and Wales University, Newport Festivals Foundation, Pawtucket Red Sox, PC, RIC, RISD, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, URI and Yacht Club Soda.
HOW THE THE BOOK CAME TO BE
The book is self published and my husband led the charge and searched numerous printing houses for quotes on pricing and quality.
We established a crowd funding campaign for pre-orders of the book to help raise money which would help with the cost of printing and shipping.
We reached our preorder goal very quickly which helped to keep things moving forward and created a great energy surrounding the project because you saw that there was an interest in the book. That was a great feeling.
You can purchase the book online now (we always ship within 48 hours and shipping is just $2), or at our growing list of local retailers (listed below).
If you own a local business and would like to include our book in your store, please contact me today.
Stores that carry RI Loves: The ABC’s of Rhode Island