To celebrate the publication of her first picture book, Shoes for Me!, illus. by Mike Laughread (Marshall Cavendish, Mar.), author Sue Fliess decided to give something back, organizing a shoe-and-book drive, partnering with two nonprofit organizations, Soles4Souls and Bring Me a Book. Local bookstores, schools, and Fliess’s church served as drop-off points, and the author spread the word online. Fliess began with a goal of 100 books and 100 pairs of shoes, but in six weeks, the “Run to Read” drive collected 647 books and 651.5 pairs of shoes “Yes,” said Fliess, “there was a single shoe donated.” (via Publisher's Weekly)
When she realizes that her feet have grown, a young hippo is allowed to choose which new shoes to buy.