Local, longtime educator writes children’s book series

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) – The first book in a four-part series written by a lifelong educator has been published.

“Pearlie… I Dream: Peace in the Home” is the first in a nonfiction series written by Starkville native Yvonne Bardwell Cox, current member of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees.

The book’s main character, Pearlie, is named after Cox’s grandmother, Pearl, but the character’s personality and experiences are based on Cox’s life. The author said the books are meant to be creative teaching and learning tools demonstrating family values ​​and love.

“My books are written for children ages 3 and up, children with disabilities, at-risk children, parents, teachers, childcare professionals, etc. to recognize teachable moments and enhance hands-on reading experiences,” Cox said. the series will share the thoughts that have stayed with me, and the many childhood memories embedded deep in my heart and mind. ”

Cox said she always wanted to write a children’s book, but did not find the time until 2020, when the pandemic started.

“It was a time for me to do some spiritual and physical healing. So, I wrote all the thoughts I had about the book, “she said.” ‘Pearlie… I Dream’ content is what the Lord has given me. If I was writing, I could really just see what I was writing.


“Once I started putting it together, it became a book about a special love and support given to me at a very young age.”

During Cox’s childhood, she lived with her grandmother, mom, aunt, her three brothers and two cousins.

“We thought we had everything we needed,” she said. “(Our upbringing) taught us to believe in ourselves and who we wanted to be in life.”

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