Scottsdale author Kristin Cetone is winner of 2016 OneBookAZ award

Author Kristin Cetone with her character, Buckaroo Buckeye. (Submitted photo)

Author Kristin Cetone with her character, Buckaroo Buckeye. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale author Kristin Cetone is helping young children build their reading skills and self-esteem with “Buckaroo Buckeye: A Little Nut with Big Dreams,” winner of the 2016 OneBookAZ award.

Ms. Cetone has been chosen to present at the Arizona Library Association Conference on Nov. 4 in Tucson, according to a press release.

The read aloud book was inspired by Ms. Cetone’s own childhood experiences growing up in Ohio and takes young readers on a journey of self-discovery with a likeable character in the form of a buckeye nut.

“My father would ask me what a buckeye nut was and my answer had to be a ‘worthless little nut’ — a negative message that I never forgot,” said Ms. Cetone in a prepared statement.

“In my book, Buckaroo Buckeye follows his dreams of finding purpose and worth as he rises above the bumps and bullies along his way. It teaches a young reader that success is not measured by size and prowess but by determination and a belief in what you can achieve.”

The OneBookAZ award is sponsored by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records division of the Arizona Secretary of State’s office. The goal of OneBookAZ is to celebrate literature and foster a sense of community. “Buckaroo Buckeye” was one of three books selected for the 2016 Children’s Book Award, the release states.

This is Ms. Cetone’s second award for “Buckaroo Buckeye.”

Go to ala.org.

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