Auburn Resident Releasing Children's Book On Nov. 26

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Auburn resident Kate Hanscom is set to release her first-ever children's book next week.
Auburn resident Kate Hanscom is set to release her first-ever children's book next week. Photo Credit: Kate Hanscom

AUBURN, Mass. – With the holiday shopping season knocking on the door, an Auburn resident is coming out with her first-ever children’s book for 4- to 8-year-olds.

On Monday, Nov. 26, Kate Hanscom, an Auburn resident for almost five years, will release her book titled “Literal Lily.” Hanscom said her debut book is currently available for pre-order, and she hopes that families purchase her “fun and entertaining book.”

“This book is going to entertain, teach and challenge young kids,” Hanscom said. “It will expand their vocabulary, add more color to their language and create an escape for their imagination. I hope kids get wrapped up in it.”

“Literal Lily” is a 28-page book that focuses on a girl who is on a shopping trip to get supplies for her first-ever day of school.

“This adorable, curly-haired girl is easily confused when she takes commonly used sayings ‘literally,’ ” according to the book’s description. “In the book’s humorous situations, rich text and beautifully illustrated scenes, both Lily and the readers will learn not only the meaning of ‘literal,’ but some of today’s idioms.”

Hanscom’s mother-in-law illustrated the book, which Hanscom said was “really special.”

“Usually writers don’t get to meet the illustrators, so it was great for us to be able to work closely together and break that mold,” Hanscom said. “She is phenomenally talented. She has a Master’s of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and she did such a great job with this.”

Hanscom is looking to set book readings and signings in the community in the next few months. Her first signing is scheduled for Dec. 16 at Tatnuck Bookseller in Westborough. The signing will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

On Jan. 25, Hanscom will travel to St. Mary’s Catholic School in Alexandria, Va., where she has relatives. She will visit, read and talk with students about the book.

Hanscom said she wants to organize elementary school and library visits in Auburn.

For more information, to reach out to Hanscom for a school/library visit or to pre-order the book, visit her website at or visit her Facebook page at

Also, visit or to pre-order a copy. “Literal Lily” costs $14.99, but Barnes and Noble and Amazon have pre-order deals. 

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