Author Visits Two Schools, Gives Book Readings During Celebrate Literacy Week

The Author Behind Kazoo Makes the Team to Visit Two ECSD Schools During Celebrate Literacy Week, Jan. 23-24, 2017

Pensacola, Fla. – January 20, 2017 – Author Mandy Fernandez joins Escambia County School District teachers and school educators during Celebrate Literacy Week. Fernandez teamed with Andy Marlette, PNJ’s political cartoonist, to create a book for kids about how Kazoo went from being a sea monster to becoming the mascot for the Blue Wahoos baseball team.

Starting at 8:00 a.m., Fernandez will read the book to Beulah Elementary’s third grade students and then talk about what is involved in being an author and answer questions from the students. When her visit ends, each 3rd grade student will get a copy of the book – to keep thanks to a generous donation by Quint and Rishy Studer. She will also visit Global Learning Academy on Tuesday morning to do the same with their third grade students.

The Blue Wahoos Community Relations office is scheduling other school visits over the next few weeks for Kazoo. Please email your favorite photos from Celebrate Literacy Week to

This Blue Wahoos mascot theme inspired children’s story was released at local stores on Dec. 23, 2016. The rhyming tale features the beloved creature Kazoo first discovering the Wahoos baseball team and stadium in Pensacola. Later in the narrative, readers will learn how Kazoo struggles but later triumphs to become the team’s number one fan. The story is one that educators, parents and children can relate to and discuss frequently.

Each book reading by Fernandez during Celebrate Literacy Week will be interactive and last about 30 minutes each session. The Blue Wahoos mascot Kazoo and their community relations department will also visit schools to engage in reading fun.

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