Libraries and Books and Words...Oh My!

Fiction - Inspirational
27 Pages
Reviewed on 07/12/2017
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Author Biography

This inspirational story is based on the author’s real-life struggles. Even though she was terrified of the library because of her low literacy level, Carey Rigby-Wilcox knew the importance of not allowing her fears to grow within her own children. Facing a fear is never easy but Carey wanted her children to embrace books rather than hold the same fear she held towards them. Although her main purpose was to conquer her fear and create family memories, the library experience blossomed into so much more. Her local library gave her all the tools she needed to become an award-winning self-published author and illustrator of books such as: Ten Little Ladybugs in my Jar, My Dad Couldn’t Read and her bestselling book My Mummy Couldn’t Read. Through sharing her personal struggles with learning to read, Carey continues to bring encouragement to others struggling with literacy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Libraries and Books and Words... Oh My! is an inspirational story about illiteracy (and how to overcome it), written and illustrated by Carey Rigby-Wilcox. Narrated from the viewpoint of Carey’s children, they talk of their mother’s extreme fear of going to the library. As a child, Carey loved visiting the library, hearing books read to her, but as she got older, Carey realized that books were quite difficult; she could not understand the words on the page – especially without pictures to tell the reader what is happening. As a mother, Carey sought out help from a tutor, so that she might some day be able to read to her children. Her first visit to the library with her children was a true test, which ultimately led to a panic attack. Determined to overcome her fears for the sake of her children, she persevered.

Illiteracy is a real problem for many people, both young and old, and one of the hardest things to do is to admit that there is a problem. I remember the shock I felt when my former fiancé told me he could not read, and the journey we took, with him reading children’s books aloud to me, and my guiding him through the correct pronunciation of words. I very much admire the strength, courage and determination of Carey Rigby-Wilcox, facing her extreme fears head-on for the sake of her children. It’s amazing how much strength we can gain from those we love, especially when those people are our own children. As a sufferer of Agoraphobia with Panic Disorder, I aspire to some day have the same amount of courage as Carey Rigby-Wilcox, as I find her to be a true inspiration. I recommend Libraries and Books and Words... Oh My! to all readers over the age of 15, who find some things to be more of a challenge than other people might find them, especially when those things cause emotional distress, anxiety and panic within ourselves.