No-Count Dog is the story of the hound who went from nuisance to hero in forty picture book pages. The book's author, Mary Potter, will be one of 200 authors at this year's Kentucky Book Fair. Signed copies of No-Count Dog will be sold at the Kentucky Book Fair for $15.95.
The 33rd Annual Kentucky Book Fair will take place at the Frankfort Convention Center from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT.
The Kentucky Book Fair is co-sponsored by the Frankfort State Journal and the Kentucky Department of Libraries. Net proceeds of the Fair fund grants to Kentucky school and public libraries for local book purchasing and other literary related caused. Over the first 32 years, $368,000 has been donated.
Recent grants include eight libraries :
· Green Hills Elementary School in Harlan County received a grant for $1,000 to replace old, worn out paperbacks with new fiction books for grades four to eight.
· J.B. Atkinson Academy School Library in Jefferson County was funded $1,000 to purchase science, social studies and arts and humanities books aligned with common core standards.
· Kentucky School for the Blind in Jefferson County was given $750 to expand the non-fiction collection for special needs students.
· McLean County Public Library was given $1,000 to buy new story books for children ages two to seven.
· Owsley County Junior/Senior High School Library was awarded $1,000 to purchase high interest career books suitable for the middle grades.
· Paducah Tilghman High School in McCracken County was awarded $750 to grow their urban/street fiction collection for teens.
· Rocky J. Adkins Public Library in Elliott County received $1,000 to update the children's and adult non-fiction sections.
· Seneca High School in Jefferson County was awarded $1,000 to enhance the language collection to meet the needs of a diverse student body from 42 countries.
Author Mary Potter will be on hand to autograph No-Count Dog. Her first children's book was inspired by the plight of pets and pet lovers during Hurricane Katrina. She says the book is not just for children but for everyone who loves animals.
Potter has donated copies of the book to schools and libraries. She and illustrator Jennifer Nuckolls have read to hundreds of school children.
The Kentucky Book Fair is a trip back home to Potter who taught at Franklin County's Collins Lane Elementary for eight years before going to law school. She practiced law in Frankfort for over a decade. Potter now lives in western Kentucky with her husband, Ivan.