Ever since the Little White Light first started appearing to Penny, it showed up in the corner of her bedroom ceiling—both at night and in the early morning hours—and blinked, reassuring her with its presence. But one night, it wasn’t there. The next day, as Penny thought about the Little White Light’s absence, her best friend MJ stopped by. No longer wanting to keep the secret of the Little White Light from him, Penny told MJ all about the light and how very special it was to her. While the children talked and worked in Penny’s garden, they heard a frightening screeching and squawking coming from the side of the house. What could be making such a terrible noise? Facing a scary situation on their own, the children must learn to find courage and compassion in the face of fear. This coming of age story about overcoming scary moments will resonate with children young and old. Beautifully illustrated by Ayuna Collins and David Edward Martin, An Almost Very Scary Day is a wonderful reminder about how magical even an ordinary day can be.
Judy Lowe is a retired Gifted and Talented teacher in the Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, Texas. Since 1966, she has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education. Her hobbies are reading, working in the yard, walking, and being outside. Judy enjoys musicals, attending The Vocal Majority performances, traveling, and watching many programs on PBS, the Hallmark Channel and the History Channel. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Texas Book Festival and is a member of the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas Retired Teachers Association, Dallas ISD TAG Educators Alumni, KERA and the Texas Association of Authors. Judy’s first book, The Little White Light, is a 2016 Book Excellence Award Winner and a Readers Favorite Five Star selection. Her second book, MJ’s New Friend, received second place in the 2015 North Texas Book Festival for Children’s Books Ages 6-12 and An Almost Very Scary Day is a 2016 Book Excellence Award Finalist and a Readers Favorite Five Star selection. Visit Judy online at JSPathways.com and Facebook.com/JSPathways.