FROCKTOBER Fashions Meet Literacy Support for Kids

Day 1 – Book recommendation- Ellie: The Perfect Dress for Me by Cathy Rubin and Christopher Fowler

The month has arrived, my friends. For the fifth time, I am participating in #FROCKTOBER, an initiative that calls attention to a charity of choice by posting an outfit a day for the month of October. I’m always up for a good challenge, and this year, I’ve decided to blend my love of fashion with my love of books, writing, and reading.
As an author, professor, and blogger, I love how creativity comes to us in many different ways, and I think combining FICTION & FASHION is a fun way to spend October! 😘 So, not only will I be sharing my fashion, but I’ll also be sharing and recommending some of my favorite books for kids and adults, which leads to the selection of a literacy program!
I am so happy to support and call attention to another woman of style’s organization that fosters reading: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Dolly’s nonprofit organization is a book gifting program that delivers free books to children from birth to age 5 in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Republic of Ireland. The organization was inspired by Dolly’s father’s inability to read and write. In 1995, Dolly started her Imagination Library, and as of August 2020, over 143 million books have been gifted. According to the website, for a $25 donation, a child will receive one book a month for a full year. How’s that for something special?
The book I’m showcasing for today’s kick-off is one that my daughter loved as a kid. Ellie: The Perfect Dress for Me (and it’s about fashion and a kid named Ellie, so why not?) by Cathy Rubin and Christopher Fowler. The story is about Ellie, who must decide what to wear for a wedding.
Ah, clothing choices.
Let’s hope I make it through the month and am able to decide, like Ellie, what the frock to wear! I am sharing daily posts that detail my outfits and book recommendations, along with more information about Dolly and Imagination Library, on my Instagram account at

Happy Frocktober, and cheers to 31 days of fun.

Day 2 – Book Recommendation: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Day 3 – Book recommendations: The Giving Tree and The Wizard of Oz
Day 4 – Book recommendation: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
Day 5 – Book recommendation: P. S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahearn
Day 6 – Book Recommendation: Francesca’s Kitchen by Peter Pezzelli
Day 7 – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Day 8 – Book recommendation: The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke
Day 9 – Book recommendation: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Day 10 – Book recommendation: Daughters of the New World by Susan Richards Shreve
Day 11 – Book recommendation: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Day 12 – Book recommendation: Cookbooks, Giada, Emeril, Martha Stewart, Nigella
Day 13 – Book recommendation: Open House by Elizabeth Berg

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