by Robin Gee
Local author and illustrator Jennifer Sierra will sign and read from her illustrated book “Merry Christmas, Y’all” starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, at Witt’s End Candy Emporium, 305 Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue.
“Merry Christmas, Y’all” takes readers young and old on a holiday tour through beloved locales and some surprising finds across Kentucky. Readers ride along with Santa as he travels throughout the state collecting items made by Kentucky elves.
With Dr. Suess-like rhymes, Santa’s journey features places and goods that make Kentucky special including the Newport Aquarium, Rebecca Ruth’s candy, Floyd County coal mines, the Corvette Museum and the home of Louisville Slugger baseball bats.
When she could not find any Kentucky-themed holiday books for her daughter, Sierra decided to create the book herself. As a fine artist and illustrator, she says she had a clear vision of how she wanted the book to look and feel from the start.
The most fun, she says, is sharing that vision and learning how much her idea has touched readers.
“Both kids and adults seem really moved by the book. It has brought people to tears, and that is pretty awesome to have something you create have such a positive and sweet impact on others,” she says.
She adds that sharing what makes Kentucky special has been especially heart-warming.
“Lots of people who read the book didn’t realize that Corvettes are made in Kentucky, and that there is a museum devoted to them in our own state. Many people don’t know that The Bourbon Ball candy was invented in Kentucky or that Cumberland Falls has a moonbow, a rainbow created by the moon instead of the sun. I just felt it was time for Kentucky to be celebrated.”