Book Celebration Day 14 | K4 These Shoes Are Made For Dancing

Not long ago, it dawned on me that I am now officially the author of FIFTEEN diverse children’s books for young readers.

15 books!

This calls for a BIG celebration.
So for the first 15 days of October, I will be shining the spotlight on each one of my books that have made my author’s dreams come true and delighted readers all across the globe.  And what would a celebration be without prizes! Keep an eye on the Make A Way Media Instagram account to see my weekly IG Lives and get the scoop of how you can win some of my books, Make A Way Media swag, and other assorted goodies.
Let the celebration begin!

Book Celebration Day 14 | K4 These Shoes Are Made For Dancing


Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess–These Shoes Are Made For Dancing is the fourth book in a five-book #OWNVOICES series that follows the story of a little brown girl who loves musical theatre and never lets anything get in the way of her dreams.

In These Shoes Are Made For Dancing, Kayla faces feelings of self-doubt and loss while finding new ways to remind herself of what is real and important in life. This feisty little dancer is determined to carve her own path as she continues to fall in love with the world of performing arts. The Kayla series was inspired by the author’s daughter and Broadway actress, Kayla Pecchioni.

Parents and Teachers: I have spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field, and much of my writing share my experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. Using therapeutic techniques in my stories to teach coping skills, I hope to lessen the stigma surrounding children and adults suffering in silence from mental health issues. As a family therapist, many of my tried-and-true therapy techniques are skillfully woven into this story to show young readers gentle ways to cope and find inner peace.

I always love reading about Kayla’s next adventure. It is always full of positivity and also has a good lesson to learn not only for kids but also for adults. This is a great inspirational book to never give up on your dreams. It also reminds you when one door closes another one opens and it can always be better than what you have ever dreamed of! It’s full of positivity, understanding, and never giving up. Great book!~T’Andra

All Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess books are FREE on Kindle Unlimited! Download today!

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: These Shoes Are Made For Dancing is available in Paperback and eBook form.

The Louisville Book Festival 2021 is coming!


This online (Zoom) gathering continues to provide the opportunity to celebrate the city’s culture and vibrancy and reach the goal that all students have access to books in their homes.

Highway 65 is the divide between east and west Louisville. West of 65, there are no book stores which greatly reduces access to books for our children and youth, creating a book desert. Our goal for the Louisville Book Festival is to ensure every child that attends the Book Festival on Children’s Day leaves with at least one free age-appropriate book. We will continue to work on the goal of getting books into the hands of children year-round through our programs like It Pays to Read.

This 501(c) (3) non-profit organization was founded in 2018 to celebrate and promote the love and the benefits of reading, writing, and literacy. We believe that literacy is a fundamental human right and that there is power and purpose in bringing books to life every day of the year. We celebrate books and use them to highlight and grow the resilient culture of our vibrant city, as well as to encourage and elevate our creative thinking as a community. This book is open to the public and we will have amazing authors from all over the nation on hand to talk books and sign copies.

Please join us on October 22nd and 23rd, 2021 via ZOOM for excitement and exploration of all things books! Visit the website for more details.

Connect with The Louisville Book Festival via their website or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Deedee Cummings

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings has a passion for making the world a better place. All 15 of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. Colorful and vibrant, her children’s books are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all. Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.
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