‘Simon The Snail’ children’s book author Shari Bitterman is headed to West Nyack, New York

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Children's book author Shari Bitterman
Children's book author Shari Bitterman.

“Simon The Snail” is coming back out of his shell. Children’s book author Shari Bitterman will be participating in a “Meet The Author” event on March 18 in Rockland County. #Powerjournalist Markos Papadatos has the scoop.

This “Meet The Author and Book Signing” will take place at the Barnes & Noble at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, New York from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This will mark Bitterman’s first book signing in Rockland County. There will be giveaways and treats too.

“Simon The Snail” is a beautiful and heartfelt children’s book with whimsical illustrations. The main character triumphantly rises above his challenges with the help of his loving family.

Background on the book

The main character of the story is Simon, who happens to be a snail, and he has a loving family, whose parents and siblings think the world of him. As the book progresses, the readers see Simon going through several phases and he finds himself being teased and bullied in his school, and even his teacher does not seem to be attentive to his needs, yet he has the support and acceptance of his family.

Her Inspiration behind the book

Bitterman shared that she was inspired to write this children’s book one decade ago, and she noted that it was based on her daughter, who had a learning disability, yet she was able to overcome all of the obstacles that she had encountered in school. Bitterman subsequently revealed that her daughter is indeed “Simon.” With this book, Bitterman hopes to inspire other children and their families who may face similar challenges.

Bitterman has personally experienced the difficulties faced by parents that are living with developmentally disabled children, which were her inspiration to create her protagonist, Simon; moreover, the book is written in rhyme, which is a style of writing that comes naturally to Bitterman.

Being a veteran elementary school educator for over two decades, Bitterman feels that rhyming books are a great way to capture the attention of young readers.