Best-selling children’s author visits Peoria public school students

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A New York Times best-selling children’s book author visited local college students on Thursday.

Sherri Duskey Rinker is from St. Charles and has been a writer for 15 years. She has written over 30 books during her career.

On Thursday afternoon, Duskey Rinker read his latest title, “Construction Site: A Solid Farm, Year-Round,” to students at Franklin Primary in Peoria. She also spoke to students at the Annie Jo Gordon Community Learning Center.

The tours were a collaboration between Peoria Public Schools and the Peoria Public Library.

Duskey Rinker said she hopes her visit will spark excitement around reading and books.

“I truly believe that reading and literacy is the path to success and I think it starts at an early age. So I’m really excited,” Rinker said. “I hope I told them about the fact that there really isn’t any mystery about what an author is. We’re just moms, we hang out in the same places and maybe one of them will be inspired to write or do art or do both.

Rinker also hosted a book signing Thursday night at the downtown branch of the Peoria Public Library.

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