St. Augustine Comes to Life (and Goes to Bed) in New Children's Book | Arts & Culture

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St. Augustine Comes to Life (and Goes to Bed) in New Children's Book
St. Augustine Comes to Life (and Goes to Bed) in New Children's Book

It’s bedtime in the nation’s oldest city! Sweet Dreams, St. Augustine, a children’s book written and illustrated by Diane Thompson Cortese, takes readers on a moonlit tour of St. Augustine, capturing the city’s essence and celebrating its Spanish-inspired architecture, historic landmarks, flavorful Minorcan culture and natural treasures. St. Augustine comes to life and goes to bed in this vividly illustrated lullaby.  “I love, love, love this book,” says Michelle Smith, certified Kindermusik teacher and St. Augustine resident. “The author brings our children on a kid’s eye view of St. Augustine with many of our favorite sights, sounds and smells. The artwork is just beautiful and I can’t wait to read it to my classes.”

Diane Thompson Cortese has written for the St. Augustine Record, Tallahassee Democrat and Break Magazine. Additionally, she has taught social studies at Landrum Middle School (Ponte Vedra) and art and creative writing at Discovery Montessori School in Jacksonville Beach. She has a passion and flair for introducing children to cultural geography and the arts. Originally from Arlington, Virginia, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities with a concentration in World Literature from Florida State University and resides in St. Augustine with her husband and two sons, ages 3 and 1.

Sweet Dreams, St. Augustine is available for $10.95 on Amazon.com, Latitude29books.com, and will be coming soon to local stores.

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