Suffolk author’s new children’s book focuses on bringing family together – The Suffolk News-Herald


Kimberly Ellis’ latest children’s book, “Zach’s Family,” will be released this spring to help blended families.

This is her second children’s book that draws on her own life experiences. Her first book, “Butterflies for Rory,” which came out in 2019, was about the loss of her daughter and how Ellis found healing by helping her 2-year-old son understand and cope. In “Zach’s Family”, she tells the story of a multiracial/blended family of giraffes who come together when the youngest child, Zach, is born.

“There are a lot of blended families out there, and I hope they can relate to this book,” Ellis said. “A lot of people say a new baby helps bring the family together, which is true because now we’re all bonded to Zach in the new family.”

The book will be released on May 16, Ellis’ youngest son and the real Zach’s sixth birthday.

Ellis hopes her books can give people something to relate to who may be facing similar circumstances in blended or multicultural families. By focusing on common topics that aren’t talked about much, she hopes her books can be used as tools to help.

“I hope this book will help kids feel like their family is their real family,” Ellis said. “When I was adopted, people were always like, ‘Oh, that’s not your real family.’ If that’s someone who loves you, then that’s your real family, even if you another family Families may be different, but what matters is that they have love at the center.

Ellis was awarded Best Local Author Gold at the Suffolk News-Herald’s 2021 Local’s Choice Awards. She was nominated by a friend and felt honored to win as there are many well-established authors in Suffolk.

On May 21, Ellis will be at the Suffolk Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to do a book signing of ‘Butterfly for Rory’ and ‘Zach’s Family’.

The book will be available in softcover, hardcover and as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Walmart. Learn more about her other books and her art at


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