ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jane Lovascio is a Boston University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York where she attended Visitation Academy. She now lives just outside of New York City with her husband Jeff. Among writing her series of children’s books, Jane also works as a medical sales representative. Her past experience in elementary education combined with her passion for dogs inspired the creation of what will become a series of children’s books based on her own two dogs, Casey and Bella. She hopes her vibrant story will make children smile everywhere as well as help those with degenerative diseases.
Contact: Jane Lovascio FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 201 463-6801 [email_address] Children’s Book Author Jane Lovascio Is Making a Child’s Dream Come True Noted author will select one child’s story as the winner of The Casey and Bella Story Contest, which will be published as the next book in the series. West New York, NJ, October 23, 2008. It’s something that every young aspiring author dreams of – to have their own story published for the world to read. And CuddlyBooks, Inc., along with noted children’s author Jane Lovascio, is making that dream a reality by launching The Casey and Bella Story Contest, a national children’s writing contest. The contest not only offers third and fourth graders the chance to have their story professionally published, but the winner’s story will actually be the next book in the Casey and Bella series of children’s books. “ We are always looking for creative ways to encourage children to read and write.” said Lana Statella, a third grade teacher at Veteran’s Memorial Elementary School “I think it is wonderful that an author is going to publish a child’s story as part of a book series. Not only will it inspire many more children to write, but it shows children that anything is possible in life.” The idea for the contest came to Lovascio while doing book readings at schools in the New York and New Jersey area. After each reading, children were excited to share their own Casey and Bella adventure ideas. “Children are extremely creative with endless imaginations” said an enthused Lovascio “and I wanted to give them the chance to use their talents and reward their efforts with this contest.” When the contest ends in the spring, four finalists will be chosen, and the winner selected from those four. The author will travel to the four schools of the finalists to present a plaque and honor their work. The winner will receive a cash prize and be credited for the story idea on the dedication page inside the book, which will be the third book in the Casey and Bella series. The first two books in the series include: Casey and Bella Go to New York City, and Casey and Bella Go to Hollywood. The series is noted for its lovable characters, and also for its charity work, with a portion of each book’s proceeds donated to not-for-profit charities that help children. Casey and Bella are also the author’s real dogs. Casey is a Jack Russell Terrier, and Bella is a Tea Cup Yorkie. Casey and Bella books are available in retail stores nationwide, and online at www.CaseyandBella.com . To learn more about the Casey and Bella Story Contest visit www.CuddlyBooks.com . If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jane Lovascio, please call Jane Lovascio at 201 463-6801 or [email_address] ###
Parenting June 21, 2007 NY1 Parenting Consultant Shelley Goldberg recommends some places to go with parenting news you can use. Meet Casey and Bella Logos Bookstore Thursday, June 28th at 5 p.m. 1575 York Avenue Books of Wonder Thursday, July 12th, 5 p.m. 18 West 18th Street www.caseyandbella.com
City Living What Parents Need to Know Casey and Bella Go To New York City July 12th at 5 pm Books of Wonder , 18 West 18th Street In Jane Lovascio's new picture book “ Casey and Bella Go to New York City ,” the author's two dogs, Jack Russell Terrier and a Teacup Yorkie, explore New York landmarks and learn the golden rule every kid should know: treat others as you would like to be treated. The drawn dogs spring to real life today as they join Lovascio at the bookstore for a signing and reading. Kids are welcome to pet and play with the pups as they peruse the book. A portion of the proceeds of every book will be donated to "Loving Paws Assistance Dogs," an organization that trains dogs to help disabled children. Ages 3 to 10. July 1, 2007 City Living What Parents Need to Know
www.gothamgazette.com July 17, 2007 Calendar of NYC Events Casey and Bella Go to New York City 5:00PM - 7:00PM Jane Lovascio will read and sign copies of her new picture book, "Casey and Bella Go To New York City." The book is about the author's two dogs, Casey, a Jack Russell Terrier and Bella, a Teacup Yorkie, and their exploration of the Big Apple. The dogs will make a real-life appearance as they join Lascavio at the bookstore. A portion of the proceeds of every book will be donated to “Loving Paws Assistance Dogs,” an organization that trains dogs to help disabled children. Please visit Casey and Bella for more information. Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street Free
Host Name ATN Gone Wild Show Name We're Going To NYC with Casey & Bella! – Episode #16 Date / Time 11/28/2007 2:30:00 PM Show Length 45 Minutes Show Description We'll be spending time with yet another special author, Jane Lovascio. Jane has written the children's book "Casey and Bella Go To New York City". Casey and Bella are Jane's real life pets who were the inspiration for this adorable children's book. A portion of the proceeds of this book go to the Loving Paws Assistance Dogs, a charity dedicated to training dogs to assist physically disabled children. Keywords assistance dogs, Bella, Casey, Casey and Bella Go to NYC, children's books, Jane Lovascio
January 25, 2008 For the Dogs Whether you live in the heart of it all or in a nearby 'burb, you want to show your kids all the excitement NYC can offer. "Casey and Bella Go to New York City," a colorful new children's book, follows the adventures of a Jack Russell Terrier and a Teacup Yorkie on their secret jaunt from Hoboken to Central Park. Local author Jane Lovascio was inspired by her own two pups, who serve as their characters' namesakes. Buy the book solo or with the accompanying plush pets – a portion of sales go to Loving Paws Assistance Dogs, a cause that helps children with disabilities. Then choose your own adventure in the bustling city. Available online at caseyandbella.com .
Casey and Bella Go to New York City (And Stop by Bay Ridge) by Brooklyn Eagle ( [email_address] ), published online 05-15-2008
Book Signing by Local Author
Former Bay Ridgeite Jane Lovascio, the writer of a series of children’s books, comes home again to Brooklyn to unveil her latest, “Casey and Bella Go To New York City.” The writer will be at the Dyker Heights gift shop, Cazmo Gifts at 7511 13th Ave., on Saturday, May 17 at noon.
Lovascio will be reading, selling and signing books and stuffed Casey and Bella dogs, sending $2 of every purchase to Loving Paws Assistance Dogs, a group that trains animals for use by children who are physically disabled.
Lovascio based her two main characters on her own dogs, yes, you got it, Casey and Bella. So head up, it’s a great book and you can also help out a great charity. For more information on these books, visit http:// www.caseyandbella.com /, .
Judy Kessler of Mendham said one author's booth caught her eye at the New York International Toy Fair this past February. The 60-year-old Kessler said she took a copy of what was the author's first children's book and read it.
"It was such a sweet, heartwarming story," she said.
Kessler enjoyed the book so much that she said she invited the author to do a book reading and signing at her store -- the Mendham Apothecary, located at 88 East Main St. in Mendham.
The book, "Casey and Bella Go To New York City ," by Jane Lovascio, is the first in a series of children's books about the adventures of Lovascio's two real dogs: a Jack Russell terrier named Casey, and a tea cup Yorkie named Bella.
A portion of the proceeds from each book in the series will go to a nonprofit charity . For every "Casey and Bella Go To New York City" book sold online, Lovascio said $2 will be donated to Loving Paws Assistance Dogs, an organization that trains therapy dogs for children with disabilities. She said she chose Loving Paws Assistance Dogs because it was an organization that worked with both children and animals.
"I'm trying to make Casey and Bella the first book series that really gives back and teaches children to help others," Lovascio said.
Dogs as teaching tool
In the book, Casey and Bella sneak out while their masters are away and travel to New York City.
The duo meet a variety of quirky characters along the way, including a poodle from the Upper West Side of Manhattan . The poodle, who dons a diamond collar, initially acts superior, but Casey reminds Bella that it's what's inside that counts.
"It doesn't matter where you live or what you wear, what makes you a good friend is being generous and fair," Casey said in the book.
Kessler, of the Mendham Apothecary, said she enjoyed the positive messages that came through in "Casey and Bella Go To New York City."
"You can never judge a book by its cover, just like you cannot judge someone by what they're wearing," she said. "It's within oneself. It's not about fancy clothes, or fancy houses, it's the mark one leaves upon life."
Lovascio said the concept for "Casey and Bella Go To New York City" actually came from Casey herself. Casey knows how to jump up and hit the door handle, she said. The idea for the book was borne when Lovascio began wondering what would happen if Casey managed to get out of the house.
karen mancinelli / mcw this week Author Jane Lovascio, right, reads her children's book, 'Casey and Bella Go To New York City,' to Emily Walker, 7, left, and her sisters Molly, 4, and Lily, 19 months, at a book signing event at Mendham Apothecary. The book was inspired by Lovascio's dogs, a Jack Russell terrier and a tea cup Yorkie. Cover Story June 11, 2008
The next book in the series, "Casey and Bella Go To Hollywood ," will be released this fall and will benefit the Jubilee Center in Hoboken. The Jubilee Center is a nonprofit that provides a safe after-school environment for children from public housing.
The children involved receive a hot meal at the center as well as tutoring and enrichment classes. Lovascio said she has been on the board at the center since having come in for a book signing shortly after her first Casey and Bella book was released.
"What I'm hoping is that each book (in the series) leads me to a charity," she said.
Lovascio's long-term goal is to create the Casey and Bella Foundation to benefit children and animals, she said.
In order to promote the books and her charities, Lovascio said she hosts book readings and signings at schools free of charge and has never turned down an event.
"With anything in life, you have to work hard and promote it," she said. "But I'm willing to put the time and the energy in. I'm willing to do as much promotion as possible. I've never said no to an event. Every event -- no matter how small -- every event leads to something else."
Lovascio said Casey and Bella often tag along to the book signings, although she did not bring them to the one held at the Mendham Apothecary. She said she thinks meeting the characters makes the story more real for the children.
"The dogs are a huge hit," she said. "The children want to meet the dogs, not the person who wrote the book. They're the stars -- not me."
Next year, Lovascio said she plans to host a contest, asking children to submit ideas on where Casey and Bella should go next. The winner will be named and pictured as the co-author of the book. Though only the first book in the Casey and Bella series has been released by Big Tent Books, Lovascio said she has written six others, in which the dogs travel to Hollywood, Boston , the carnival, the aquarium, the farm and school.
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Lovascio and her husband, Jeff, hold Casey and Bella, along with a copy of the book they inspired.