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The judges of the second annual Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children's literature, have spoken, and both BUBBLE GUM DREAMS and ELEPHANT SOUP?, written by MARY ANN CASTAGNETTA, won 2nd Place in two catergories; PICTURE BOOKS ages 5 & up, and PICTURE BOOKS ages 6 & up.
“Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score of 72 out of 80 must be earned for a 1st Place award, 64 out of 80 for a 2nd Place and 56 out of 80 for an Honorable Mention – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”
This is a picture of the Author, her son John, the main character in the book, and his stuffed monkey, Chubbs (also in the book). Chubbs was a favorite of John's when he was young.
The Author appeared on Television on a Talk Show called "Let's Talk with Gary Gellman".
She discussed Bubble Gum Dreams and her inspiration and her journey of self-publishing her book
Mary Ann appeared on an Episode of "Gene Simmons - Family Jewels" in an episode called "Godfather Gene". She really enjoyed spending three days with him and Shannon Tweed.
Mary Ann at one of her School Presentations.
Mary Ann with some of her fans.
Mary Ann reading to the children at Atlantis Prep School.
A beautiful Thank you from a child after making a Presentation at their school.
After Mary Ann's visit, this child wrote about their own dream.
Another wonderful story from a child inspired by Mary Ann's reading.
I had the pleasure of reading to a sweet boy named Lennon. This is the card he made for me.
The Winner of the "Dream" door contest. Great job!
They quoted a section of Bubble Gum Dreams. I am so honored.
Each of the classrooms in Southwood Elementary School in Old Bridge created beautiful "Dream" doors as a surprise to me when I visited their school.
Southwood School's Wall of the cover of my book, BUBBLE GUM DREAMS.
Mary Ann adores each and every Thank You, drawing and story she receives after her visit.