Washington Teenager Writes & Illustrates Children’s Book

Kady Toole, sophomore at Washington County High School, has written a feel-good, illustrated children’s story set in the wild west. Reviews and images from the book can be found at www.izzythecorgi.com. The book has already sold over 500 copies.

Called “Izzy the Cowgirl Corgi,” the book is inspired by Kady’s real-life Corgi, Izzy. The two are inseparable. The book is 30 pages of color illustrations and is intended as a read-aloud for 3 to 12-year olds but is suitable for young readers.

Kady wrote and illustrated the story as a part of a project-based learning program at her high school . Encouraged by her parents, teachers and classmates Kady published the book in January 2021 through Outskirts Press.

Adorable and clever, Izzy is the sheriff’s dog and will do whatever it takes to protect her town from those pesky varmints, the Bad Bunch. This clever and fun story will tickle the funny bone while the adorable and colorful illustrations will keep readers coming back to these pages again and again.

Izzy the Cowgirl Corgi is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at www.izzythecorgi.com

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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