Press Release: Pam Saxelby Shares Tale of ‘Josie the Great’

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Juvenile fiction tale follows journey of child navigating through changes in life


Pam Saxelby returns to the literary limelight with a new juvenile fiction tale featuring “Josie the Great” (published by Archway Publishing). Enthralling, evocative and entertaining, this book charts the experiences of little Max as he navigates the changes in his life and wonders what it all means.

So many things are changing for Max and Bear. They have moved into a new house in a new neighborhood, and now a new baby? Max’s parents keep talking about someone named Josie, but who is that?

“I was inspired to write this book as I watched and thought about how a young child tries to figure out what is going on. This will appeal to young readers and their families because lots of families go through these life experiences as they have children and their families expand,” Saxelby says. “‘Josie the Great’ is a sequel to ‘Max and Bear.’ Young readers, and those who have yet to learn to read, will enjoy the further adventures of these two characters.”

In collaboration with her artist daughter, Anne Saxelby, the author, through “Josie the Great” explores how young children come to understand their ever-changing world. With imagination and humor, this fun story is a look at bringing a new baby into the family from her sibling’s perspective.

“Josie the Great” 
By Pam Saxelby
Hardcover | 8.5 x 11in | 36 pages | ISBN 9781480832336
Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 36 pages | ISBN 9781480832329
E-Book | 36 pages | ISBN 9781480832312
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Pam Saxelby is an expert in early childhood education after more than 25 years in the classroom. Both of Saxelby’s books, “Max and Bear,” and now “Josie the Great,” reflect her years working with, and listening to very young children, as a pre-K teacher, as a mother and as a grandmother. Anne is the oldest of Saxelby’s three children and is the illustrator for “Josie the Great.” Saxelby and her husband, Bill, live in Chicago, and Islamorada, Florida.

Anne Saxelby studied fine arts at New York University. She is the founder of Saxelby Cheesemongers, a nationally renowned purveyor of artisan cheese. Her two young children were the author’s inspiration for both books. “Josie the Great” is Anne’s debut as a book illustrator. Anne and her family live in Brooklyn, New York.

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