Amy Rooks, a local author of children’s books, grew up and has lived her entire life in the Klamath Basin. As an educator, counselor and principal in Klamath County Schools, she knew what appealed to children. Rhyming poetry, familiar topics, and imaginative illustrations are key components in her books. Rooks also emphasized the importance of reading to children. Rooks was inspired by her granddaughter who asked her to write her stories in a book. The result was “Why Can’t I Know the Secret?” and “The Zoo Animals Race…I Won! Didn’t I?” featuring Alfonso the Ant along with Fredrico, the frog, Plain Lazy, the dog, Lizzie, the elephant, and a host of other zoo animals. Rooks brother-in-law Howard Rooks who had a long career in illustration, graphic design and advertising provided amazing watercolors to illustrate the pages of each book. The stories have messages that have meaning for children and adults alike. Children especially enjoy having Rooks’ books read over and over until they know the stories by heart. Even a pre-reader can follow along, turning pages and recounting the tales. Alfonso the Ant books are available at Basin Book Trader, 5507 S. 6th Street in Klamath Falls. Rooks will be at Basin Book Trader to sign copies of her books on Saturday, September 21, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Written by Sally-Ann Palcovich