On any given day, UW Health maternal-fetal medicine physician Katie Antony is helping women: helping an expectant mom navigate a complicated pregnancy, or in the delivery room bringing a new baby into the world. She is also a mother of two: daughter Tara, almost three, and baby son Linus .
She can now add “children’s book author” to the list.
“My Shadow,” by Dr. Antony, is now on Amazon and will be published in October. All proceeds go towards early literacy.
The book is about shadows and encourages kids to go chase their shadows outside, so it also encourages kids to be active. On a related Facebook page, Antony encourages families to post photos of kids chasing their shadows. Some of those photos could be used for pictures in future editions of the book.
“I originally wrote the book as a Christmas gift for my parents with pictures of my daughter Tara. My mom is a school superintendent and she showed it to her friends. They all wanted copies. So I looked into getting it published,” said Antony. “I am thrilled the proceeds can go towards such important community groups focused on literacy.”
Most of the proceeds will go towards “Reach out and Read Wisconsin,” run by Antony’s UW Health colleague Dr. Dipesh Navsaria. When children come in for their pediatric visit around their birthday, known as well-child checks, Dr. Navsaria will give them a book and calls it a prescription to read. The program encourages families to read together and exposes children to books at a young age. Its goal is to prepare young children to succeed in school by partnering with clinicians to provide and “prescribe” books. The other proceeds go towards The International Literacy Association.
Antony is having a book-launch party in October in Waukesha.
The book is geared towards toddlers through early grade school.