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Lifetime Child and Youth Advocate Launches First Children’s Book


I recently had the pleasure of beginning work on a book project with one of my best friends. We taught pre-school together in the early 80s and developed a bond over our love of children that expanded into our outside lives and continues on to this day. We also share a love of animals, and on August 15, my friend, and Halifax-based author, Barbara Ann Miller, will launch the first in a series of children’s books, Zig Zag Zeffy, that will teach themes such as inclusion and self-esteem. 

 “This wonderful early childhood book keeps the young reader’s attention as the love develops between a puppy and his Hu-Mom,” said Marg MacDonald, Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education (2021). “The descriptive and fun story flows well, and is accompanied by colourful illustrations, providing many opportunities for teachable moments.” 

Zig Zag Zeffy is a heart-warming story of a Hu-Mom who adopts an energetic, fun-loving Puggle named Zeffy. It's a rhyming narrative that follows the pair as they develop an unbreakable bond. 
Barbara Ann Miller & Zeffy

“The story came straight from my heart as this little fur baby brought both happiness and havoc into our home!” said Miller. “I hope readers enjoy seeing Zeffy adapt and grow as he explores the world along with the feelings that go with his different experiences.” 

The author also hopes that parents and teachers will help young children identify their own feelings as they journey along with Zeffy and think about times they too were scared, missing someone, being mischievous, learning new skills, and being loved. 

Miller has a particular passion for children’s literature and has a Bachelor of Child Study from Mount Saint Vincent University. She spent over three decades working in the non-profit sector beginning her career with a primary focus on early childhood education and administration, followed by a lifetime of working and volunteering with children, youth and families from around the world, developing and leading community programs in child care, youth services, immigration, employment, and social justice. 

Zig Zag Zeffy is available for pre-order now from most online retailers, including Amazon US, Canada and UK, Barnes & Noble,  and more, and can be ordered into any local bookstore. Learn more about the author on the OC Publishing website

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