Author Melissa Marsted is signing children’s books on Saturday, June 2, at the Dead Horse Point State Park Visitors Center.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to noon. A portion of book sales will benefit Dead Horse Point State Park.
Marsted is the founder of Lucky Penny Publications, LLC, and the author of three children’s books celebrating national parks. In the book “Buzzy and the Red Rock Canyons,” a honeybee narrates a tour of Utah’s national parks; in “Casey Cruises California,” readers follow a quail taking young readers through California’s national parks; and in the recently published “Tiny’s Grand Adventure,” a black-chinned hummingbird gives a tour through the Southwest’s seven national parks.
An avid outdoorswoman and athlete, Marsted is also active in Utah’s nonprofit community. She serves on the boards of Utah Humanities, Summit County Recreation, Arts and Parks Committee, and Summit County Library. She is also a member of the Utah League of Writers.
A native of Canton, Connecticut, and a longtime California resident until she lost her home in the 2008 Santa Barbara Tea Fire, Marsted launched Lucky Penny Press as a children’s e-book publishing company in 2012. The company became Lucky Penny Publishing, LLC, in 2013, offering two imprints: Lucky Penny Press and Silver Dollar Press.
Books in the National Parks for Kids series have been praised by champions of the national parks.
Melanie Allen, executive director of the Lassen Association, wrote: “[These stories are] great for young readers wanting to explore our beautiful California treasures.”
David Nimkin, senior regional director of the southwest region of the National Parks Conservation Association, wrote, “Wow! I just loved this book [“Buzzy and the Red Rock Canyons”]. It is filled with wonderful illustrations and stories that engender great wonder and joy for our most special places — Utah’s national parks.”
The fourth book in the series is now in production, and is titled “The Tale of Five Pikas.”
Book signing to benefit Dead Horse Point State Park