KATY (Covering Katy) – Like many local elementary school teachers, Kathy M. Slaughter had to find children’s books and related material to use in teaching second graders about Houston history as part of the state-required TEKS curriculum. Trouble was, plenty of adult-level material existed, but not much, if anything, existed for younger readers.
So she wrote her first book to help meet that need.
“H is for Houston,” from 4RV Publishing, is a nonfiction children’s alphabet book that provides fun facts about Houston. The book is distributed through Ingram, and is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine bookstores. Price is $22.99.
To write the book, Slaughter researched a number of Houston-related topics and created brief essays for each letter in the alphabet. The book was created with younger readers in mind, but adults wishing to learn more about Houston will find it interesting also.
“I thought that maybe my husband, George, who is both an historian and author, could write such a book,” Slaughter said. “Instead, he encouraged me to write it.”
Slaughter recently retired following an 18-year career as an elementary school teacher, reading interventionist, and language arts and social studies specialist in the Alief Independent School District. She is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and of the Katy Kritique Group.
Slaughter’s web site is http://www.kathymslaughter.com.