Political activist turns children’s author

Political activist Michelle King is also now an author of children’s books. King held a book signing event at the Logan Library Saturday in conjunction with National Library Week. 

King’s first book, titled “Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party,” involves a child with celiac disease who notices he has to eat differently than some of his peers.Then there’s a neighbor child with milk allergies.

“He’s the most positive kid I know about it,” King says. “He’s proud of it and (says) ‘this is what makes me special.’ 

“I was so inspired by his attitude that I wanted to use him in the story because I think he helps other children who have any kind of food allergy or medical thing that sets them apart from others. It tells them that this is okay. In life we’re all different and we’re all okay.”

She says the book, published by Tate Publishing Company, helps children understand how their peers feel dealing with food and other issues and help children with those issues deal with their own situation. 

The second book is a delightful “Mr. Percy’s Mysterious Glasses.” King says it was inspired by one of her kindergarten students who was having a bad day and thought everyone was trying to harm him.

Not one to pass on an opportunity to discuss politics, King also weighs in on what appears to be a tight race within the Republican party between incumbent David Butterfield and Dr. Ed Redd for Utah State Representative in District 4 and an inter-party race between incumbent Corey Yeates and Eric Collins for the Cache County Council.

King says she hopes a lot of people get involved in the upcoming campaigns.

“It’s always fun to get more people involved through each of the candidates reaching out to all the voters,” King continues. “That’s one of the reasons why I like primaries, more people get informed, educated and get to talk. 

“I was a little bit disappointed because I thought David Butterfield was doing a fabulous job. He didn’t as high a percentage as I had expected but I think he’ll be able to do a good job in the primary.”

Butterfield faces Ed Redd who got 13 more votes than Butterfield at the county convention. Cache County Councilmember Cory Yeates, who is challenged by Eric Collins, received three more votes than his challenger.

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