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Virtual Storytime: Mississippi Children’s Author Reads Her Book, ‘Paint Me!’

Virtual Storytime: Mississippi Children’s Author Reads Her Book, ‘Paint Me!’

This is the first of our PK Cares series of videos featuring Mississippi authors reading from their children’s books. We think it’s a great activity to share these “Virtual Storytime” videos with your child(ren), especially when out of ideas to fill the hours at home during Covid-19 social distancing. 

Today’s Featured Author: 

Sarah Frances Hardy of Oxford, Mississippi


With a juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts in fine art from Davidson College, and studies at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris, Sarah Frances Hardy took an early retirement from practicing law to paint and write full time. Her paintings are characterized by vivid colors and expressive brushstrokes. She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the Southeast as well as at a gallery in SoHo. Most recently, Sarah Frances has redirected her creative juices towards writing and illustrating books for children. Her published works include PUZZLED BY PINK (Viking/Penguin Young Readers), PAINT ME!,  (Sky Pony Press) and DRESS ME! (Sky Pony Press).

Sarah Frances lives in Oxford with her husband, John, three daughters, and her dog Fig. For more info, visit her website at

Continue visiting the PK Cares section of our website, where we will periodically upload more readings by Sarah Frances Hardy and other Mississippi children’s authors.

About The Author

Kara Bachman

Kara Bachman is a Managing Editor for Parents & Kids. She's also a book editor, former newspaper reporter, and is author of the humor essay collection, "Kissing the Crisis," which deals with the zanier aspects of parenting, relationships and turning 40. She's read her work on NPR radio and over 1,500 items have appeared in dozens of literary and commercial publications, including The Writer, The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and, Dogster, Mississippi Magazine, American Fitness and many more. She's a New Orleans native, but lived for over a dozen years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including during 2005 when her house was flooded by Hurricane Katrina. She's a mom to two teenagers.

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