“I wanted to let you know what a great experience I’ve had with Outskirts Press! I’m in the final days of publishing my children’s book, Little Markie, and every step of the way, your talented staff and organization have been terrific to work with. I would like to especially recognize the following people: Elaine, Cheri, Richa and Lisa. They were always so friendly, helpful and above all patient with my many changes and questions. Publishing a book can be overwhelming, but they walked me through each step and helped turn my dream into a reality. I hope to keep writing/publishing and will definitely recommend Outskirts Press to my fellow writers.”
Cindy North’s passion for writing children’s books is inspired by her children, Chris and Katie, and the second-grade students she taught in Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia. She loves reading to children and watching their faces light up as they become immersed in the stories. Mrs. North and her husband, Kevin, live in Virginia with their children and pets, Emmie and Lily.
“No one wants a little pencil that’s all used up!” jeered the new pencils. Little Markie sadly wonders if the new pencils are right. Are my adventures over? he worries. Do I belong in the trash can? Little Markie is the smallest pencil in the classroom. He’s been sharpened many, many times, and he’s so small, he can hardly be seen so far down in the pencil cup. Students always seem to choose the brand-new pencils, looking tall and proud with nice fresh erasers. Standing as tall as possible, Little Markie gathers his courage and confronts the bullies. This lovable little pencil may be short, but he’s still full of BIG ideas!