Allison Carreiro was a senior at Dartmouth High School when she had to create a book for Mrs. Guilbeault’s early education class.

“It had to be about a life lesson,” Carreiro said. “My mom actually came up with the idea to write about bedtime since my brother Nick hated it as a child. So, I wrote about the importance of a good night’s sleep.”

Too Tired Tommy earned Carreiro an A+ on her class project back in 2015 and provided a foundation for her first published book. She got to realize that dream in December of 2020.

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Carreiro is one of three local authors scheduled to participate in a free storytime with Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust at Helfand Farm during April vacation. This will be the first time she reads Too Tired Tommy out loud at a public event.

“As a senior in high school, I read my original book to Mrs. Silvia’s class when I was doing practicum,” Carreiro said. “I have also read the published version to my speech students at work and they loved it too. I am beyond excited to share my books at this event, but I’m also nervous. I just want everyone to enjoy it.”

Carreiro isn’t taking this opportunity for granted, knowing that it’s a learning experience and a way to interact with potential buyers.

“I hope to gain more confidence when it comes to public speaking,” Carreiro said. “I also hope to gain some fans for Too Tired Tommy.”

If you are interested in taking the kids to this free event on Wednesday, April 21 from 2 to 4 pm, please pre-register HERE. There will be three different outdoor areas for reading and then folks will switch off to promote social distancing. Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs.

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