Tough Topics for Tiny Tots Mark Palmore's Children's Tales

Elaine Mitchell Palmore, director of MTSU’s Child Development Center, will sign copies of her children’s books, “The Dragon Who Lives at Our House” and “Big Changes in the Crow Family,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Barnes and Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy. in Murfreesboro.

Published by Fresh Fables and illustrated by Norris Hall, Palmore’s tales explain difficult adult situations in an entertaining, age-appropriate way. “Dragon” was a finalist in the Health: Addiction and Recovery category of the Best Books 2011 Awards sponsored by USA Book News.

“Dragon” uses the metaphor of a dragon becoming too big for the family’s house to symbolize a father’s addiction, while “Crow Family” tackles the heartbreaking subject of divorce from the Crow hatchlings’ point of view.

A veteran of more than 30 years of experience as an educator and administrator, Palmore has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from Belmont University and an American Montessori Society credential in early childhood and elementary education.