'RI Loves: The ABC’s of Rhode Island is an alphabetical tour of all things Rhode Island written and illustrated by Jill Austin.
Preschoolers, and adults alike, will all find something to love in this whimsical look at the Ocean State.
The book was written for preschool and toddler age children, but I’ve found that adults are enjoying it too because of the references to RI nostalgia, local brand and state institutions.
The book was written and illustrated over several months and was inspired by my 3 year old daughter. She loves to read. Reading so many books to her inspired me to try my hand at it and the first topic that came to mind was showcasing the state I live in and love.
Choosing words for each letter was based on my love of RI and all the great memories I have from growing up here. Some pages reflect personal memories for me like the “r is for Rocky Point” page and the “u is for Unforgettable” page.
I’ve found as people read the book and comment on it they feel the same connection to these places and things that are uniquely RI, just with their own personal memories attached.
RI BUSINESSES AND GROUPS SHOWCASED IN THE BOOK
Autocrat Coffee Syrup, Big Blue Bug Solutions, Brown University, Bryant University, CCRI, Del’s Lemonade, ESPN’s X Games, Johnson and Wales University, Newport Festivals Foundation, Pawtucket Red Sox, PC, RIC, RISD, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, URI and Yacht Club Soda.'