Rita Campbell, Children's Author, Teacher, Master Gardener, Fairyologist, Moonbeam Medal Winner, Story Monster Ink Children's Book Award Honorable Mention, Speaker, Illustrator

Let the twinkle of light inspire the magic!

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, open to both large and small publishers, exist to bring recognition to exemplary books and their creators, and support childhood literacy and life-long reading and learning.

Georgia author Rita Campbell is among the Moonbeam Medal winners. Her book, Emberlina Sprite-a-Light, was honored with Bronze in the category of Books with Merchandise. Her book has also won other awards, including Honorable Mention in the Purple Dragonfly Award with Story Monsters Ink.

Campbell’s book, Emberlina Sprite-a-Light, was written to introduce children to learning and gardening by creating an imaginative garden like a fairy garden with Emberlina’s home. The book comes with a solar fairy mushroom house to encourage imagination and a love for learning through gardening. It is a story about a fairy who lights up the fairy flies, mushrooms and mosses and all that glows in the garden at night. Her mushroom house, powered by the sun, lights up at night when Emberlina is home. As a teacher, master gardener, and certified fairyologist, Campbell knows there are great reasons to teach our children respect for their environment. Gardening is a great tool to teach a variety of other concepts as well such as nurturing, responsibility, sharing, and patience. Gardening can also be a fun way for a student to learn language arts, science, math, and much more.

Rita has a BA degree in Elementary Education and currently teaches part-time. She has been a speaker and presenter at numerous schools and libraries as well as major book festivals across the United States. Rita presented her book at Fairytale Town in Sacramento. She also writes a garden column for Story Monster Ink. A portion of the book is donated to Home Base, an organization dedicated to healing invisible wounds for veterans, service members, and their families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education, and research. Rita and her husband, Clarence, reside in Powder Springs, GA. 

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:

Imagination, a love for gardening, and how gardening can be a tool to learn language arts, math, sharing, confidence, and so many other things.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:

I am a grandmother as well as a master gardener, teacher, and fairyologist. I have taken classes on fairyology and received certification as a fairyologist. I have also been a master gardener with our county since 2004 and an elementary teacher for many years.



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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

Depending on the age group I can simply read my book and discuss how Emberlina was created. I can do a writing lesson to discuss how to develop a story with the use of questions getting the audience to develop the story elements and write a story about who lives in the fairy house. We can create a fairy garden with the audience and depending on the age group, discuss plants that would be good to use in the garden or write a story about who lives there or discuss how children can learn so many things from gardening.

We can also discuss the word "bioluminescence," a chemical that nature uses to light up things in nature and relate it to using my imagination to develop the story of Emberlina Sprite-a-Light, The Fairy Who Lights Up the Night.

We can also discuss the word "imagination" and how it helps develop critical thinking skills making anything possible.

Presentation Audience:


Grades K-3

Grades 4-6



5-10 Appearances



Willing to Travel

Book Type:

Picture Book

Children's Fiction




Environmental Issues

Home and Garden




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