Press Release for Friday, February 5, 2010

UNF Author Participates in Much Ado About Books

Joanna Norris, Assistant Director

Department of Media Relations and Events

(904) 620-2102


Dr. Gigi Morales David, a professor in the Department of Childhood Education at the University of North Florida and children’s author, has been invited to participate in Jacksonville’s premier book festival Much Ado About Books. She will be appearing at the downtown main library on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. until noon.


Children and parents can meet David, who will be located in a booth at the entrance to the Children’s Library, and ask questions about writing and being an author as well as engage in a fun activity at her booth. She will also be reading from one of her children’s books.


“This year’s theme ‘Open a book, open your world’ is an invitation to meet new people, travel to interesting places, explore new ideas and make personal connections,” said David. “I thoroughly enjoy talking to children about sharing their stories and I look forward to meeting all of the families that visit my booth.”


David, a Southside resident, has several published books for children, including poetry, early reader books and picture books. “Peter and the Silent Siren” was her first published book, which was followed by “The Little Red Envelopes” in 2006. Her latest book, “Just Mollie and Me,” helps children value relationships with elderly people living in their community.


She has been an educator in Jacksonville for the past 25 years with a combination of educational experiences, including classroom teaching, school administration, curriculum development and university teaching. She has an Ed.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from UNF.


David has designed an arts-integration supplemental curriculum for the Cultural Council of Jacksonville that connects pieces of public art with academic content for use by students in Duval County.


She has made several presentations and appearances as an author locally and around the state, including the Florida Reading Association Conference, The Florida Heritage Book Festival, Young Writers Workshop, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, WJXT Channel 4, the International Reading Association Conference as well as guest author at several Duval County and St. Johns County public schools to name a few.


David likes to encourage students to share their own unique stories by visiting local schools, participating in community events and leading writer’s workshops for elementary students.