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January 18, 2022

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Mother and daughter collaborate to write a children's book
Janet Taylor, left, poses with her daughter, Colleen Manning.
Janet Taylor, left, poses with her daughter, Colleen Manning.
As a fifth grader in Anthony Nelson's class at Central Elementary School in 1996, Colleen Hammond won a Zumbro Education District (ZED) writing competition for her clever poem about waking up in the morning.
Janet Taylor of Stewartville, Colleen's mother, still recalls her daughter's accomplishment.
"I helped her a little bit with it, rhyming it," Taylor said. "We always said, 'That would be a really good children's book.' "
In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with much of the world hunkered down, Hammond, now known by her married name, Colleen Manning, started looking into what it would take to self-publish a book and find an illustrator to fill its pages with pictures.
Manning, a 2004 graduate of Stewartville High School, found an illustrator with help from her own family. Her sister and her sister's husband, Karen and Aaron Carlock, operate a nonprofit children's museum in Black Earth, Wis., the smallest community in the United States with a children's museum. Gary Cox, who provides exhibits for the museum, is also an artist. Cox drew the pictures for When I Woke Up, published this past fall...
For more on this story pick up your copy of the Jan. 11 Stewartville STAR.

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