Throughout the holiday season, children’s sing-along book author and vocalist Bridget Burton (known to local neighbors as Barbara Burton Graf) made holiday deliveries to local communities. Burton and her puppy, 5-month-old English Springer Spaniel Scarlett (successor to Annie about whom the book is written) not only delivered any book purchased to children and grandchildren in her neighborhood, but for every book purchased, she made a donation of the digital version to local nonprofit organizations that support children in need – such as the San Diego Rescue Mission (pictured in photo), Children’s Hospital, Women’s Resource Center, among others, to put smiles on the faces of as many children as she could during the holiday season.
Having received warm and heart-felt gratitude from both the book purchasers and the donation recipients, Burton has decided to keep the giving going into the New Year. For the entire month of January for every book purchased, she and puppy Scarlett will continue to make donations. “We didn’t want to stop,” said Burton, “It was as much a joy for us [Burton and Scarlett] as it was for the kids and grandkids and the deserving organizations.”
The children’s book, Annie Kai Lani Kai Lou: Kauai’s Beloved Pup, is a sing-along that follows Annie throughout the island of Kauai as she goes on adventures such as canoeing, zip lining, and even enjoying a luau party with a Shih Tzu. Burton says, “My love for the Hawaiian Islands prompted me to write this book and knowing that children learn better when there is music involved, it was a natural add-on to put the words to music.” In addition, Burton shared that the digital version includes enhanced features such as animated text and a map of Kauai showing the different locations that Annie visits which improves or accelerates reading skills and teaches geography.
Parents and grandparents who purchase the print version for their toddlers and early readers for just $25 will also receive the music and the digital version for free and be notified of the organization that benefitted from their purchase – Continuing to deliver smiles to not only their own children and grandchildren but also to children in need. “Scarlett hasn’t yet decided what to wear” said Burton, “but she and I are both excited to do some more contactless delivering!” Purchasers will receive a text notification with delivery time so that the children can be sure to be watching.