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New Penn State Children’s Book Captures Story of a Weekend in State College

by on September 07, 2018 4:30 AM

There are perhaps few things that Penn State parents love more than sharing their blue and white pride with their kids. Thanks to a brand new children’s book, that task just got much easier.

A brand new officially licensed children’s book titled "A Weekend in Happy Valley," written by Penn State alumni siblings Conn and Andi Thieman, is now on the market.

The authors grew up in a Penn State family, but if you’re looking for their names on the cover, you won’t find them — the book is written under the pen name Nate N. E. Lyon.

The story follows the main character, Andrea, and her family on their trip to a Penn State football game. The book aims to give kids a taste of what life is like on campus and in downtown State College. 

Published by Mascot Books and produced by Triver House LLC, "A Weekend In Happy Valley" has colorful, eye-catching pages with a fun, easy-to-read story. In the book, the family has a busy weekend doing a host of iconic activities, much like most visiting families on game day weekends.

“Unlike other PSU-licensed children’s stories, 'A Weekend in Happy Valley' is written for young children who may not yet be familiar with the sites of State College, and encourages family trips to campus,” Andi Thieman said.

The pages of the book are even scattered with hidden Penn State icons and objects that only a true Nittany Lion eye would recognize. The illustrations, which were created by Walter Policelli, are true to State College down to the smallest detail and include things like a Curtin Road sign, the Creamery, the Corner Room and a depiction of the university library.

“The goal is to enhance a child’s experience on the trip, building anticipation for the weekend away, and increasing tourism for the region — in addition to being a fun, whimsical read,” Thieman said.

Conn Thieman is scheduled visit Schlow Centre Region Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday as part of a Meet the Authors event in the Children's Department. 

You can get your own copy online here.


Janelle Rothacker is a Penn State student and writer for Onward State.
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