Local children’s book author releases new book and introduces Books for Kids – Partners in Literacy

Cindy Williams Schrauben, a local children's book author based in Mt. Pleasant, has published a new book, "This Could Be You," and recently introduced a program aimed at increasing accessibility to books.

Schrauben grew up in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and moved with her family to Mt. Pleasant about 20 years ago. Now, she is a children’s book author using writing as an outlet to share and communicate her thoughts and ideas.

“It's a real passion for me,” Schrauben says. “Everything else kind of disappears when I'm writing.”

Her latest book “This Could Be You” is her first picture book and features themes such as activism, diversity, and school graduation throughout the book.

“I think that getting kids excited about books early on is really crucial and picture books have just always been a really fun thing for me,” Schrauben says. “And the bonding that it allows for kids and parents is another thing that I'm really passionate about.”

She says one of the joys of being an author of children’s books is being able to interact and connect with kids. She frequently participates in events at bookstores and children’s museums, spending time reading stories to kids.

“I am a big literacy advocate and getting books in the hands of kids, especially kids that are lower-income or don't have a lot of access to books,” Schrauben says.

Recently, she also introduced a program called Books for Kids - Partners in Literacy. In addition to providing more books for kids, she says she hopes to promote local businesses and provide them with an opportunity to help in her process of increasing literacy rates.

“There are 45 million Americans who don't read above a fifth-grade level,” says Schrauben.

To learn more about Schrauben or her new book, visit cindyschrauben.com.

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Addy Wachter is a Grand Haven resident who is currently a student at Central Michigan University. She plans to graduate during the summer of 2023 with a major in photojournalism and a minor in cultural and global studies. Along with working with Epicenter, she is a photographer and writer at Central Michigan Life newspaper who enjoys traveling and exploring new places in her spare time, always taking her camera with her wherever she goes.