A Teaspoon of Magic: Trumbull author pens first children’s book

Dreams can be the best cure when fighting a sickness.

That’s the message behind Trumbull resident Jaimie Molgard’s debut children’s book A Teaspoon of Magic.

The illustrated story follows a little girl who wakes up feeling under the weather and takes some “magic medicine” before dozing back off to bed.

“It pretty much all takes place in her dream,” Molgard explained of the main character who she based off her six-year-old daughter.

“Each page is a different adventure — one page her house is transfixed into a castle and she’s a princess; on the next page, she’s touching the moon while riding a hot air balloon,” the first-time author added. “It’s a big visual book that teaches children to dream.”

Molgard, who started the story when she attended Sacred Heart University in 1997, said it took a little longer than she expected to finally publish her book.

“I put it on the back burner for a while,” she said. “I got married and had two kids — life happened.”

She revisited the story several years ago before finally bringing it back out and editing it for self publication.

“I always wanted it to be printed — I even took it out one time many years ago,” Molgard said. “But with two small children I didn’t know when the right time would be to push to make it happen.”

It turns out, the time was now.

Thanks to illustrations from her sister-in-law and Trumbull resident Lisa Seagren, A Teaspoon of Magic has taken visual form beyond Molgard’s words.

“The images are really great,” she said of the work done by Seagren and illustrator Giada Guidice.

“The main character is my daughter — she was really my inspiration when I went back and edited it — and to see her room and her teddy bears on the page is pretty cool,” she added. “The main character is looking forward to the magic medicine and what amazing things it can bring her.”

The Trumbull mom believes her story will be the perfect read for children while they’re home sick from school — or, as the winter season lingers, stuck at home during a snow day.

“It’s really a fun, adventure book,” she said.

“If someone’s sick, then they can create their own inner magic and that’ll help them feel better,” she added. “I really just want to put a smile on the face of kids when they’re not feeling well.”

Copies coming

The illustrated children’s book is available for download online at mascotbooks.com.

It will be officially released in hard copy Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 on Amazon and on Barnes and Noble with a launch party scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 9.

For holiday shoppers, there will be copies available before the giving season arrives.

Molgard will be promoting A Teaspoon of Magic at the Holiday Happenings event at Long Hill United Methodist Church Saturday, Dec. 12, along with 20 local vendors.

The next day — Sunday, Dec. 13 — she will be doing a book reading and signing at the Giggling Pig in Shelton.

For more information about the book, go to A Teaspoon of Magic’s Facebook page or go to mascotbooks.com/mascot-marketplace/buy-books/childrens-books/a-teaspoon-of-magic/