CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Addie Schneid, a West Virginia University freshman and new author, spent her spring break reading to students at eight schools to promote her new book.
Schneid, who turns 19 on April 3, is the author of "Shelly on the Seashore," the story of a seashell that travels the world but still longs for a home.
Schneid, an elementary education major, was 15 when she first thought of writing a book for children. At 16, she was vacationing at Myrtle Beach when she studied seashells along the beach and wondered how far they had traveled.
"I started writing my senior year of high school and put ideas in the computer," said Schneid, a 2012 graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic High School.
Last fall she put her ideas into writing and had "Shelly on the Seashore" published by AuthorHouse, a self-publishing company. The 30-page, soft-cover book is illustrated by Susan Shorter of Bloomington, Ind.
The book is geared to entertain as well as educate.
"I didn't know anything about geography until my senior year when teacher Sally Beatty opened my eyes," she said. "I want children to get involved and learn about the world."
Schneid, daughter of Craig and Renee Schneid of Wheeling, went home for spring break last week and spent her time visiting area schools and reading to children. Both of her parents are educators. Her father teaches West Virginia history at New Martinsville Grade School. Her mother is a religion teacher at Our Lady of Peace Parish School, Addie's alma mater and one of the schools where she read to students.
In the book, Shelly makes friends as she travels to Madagascar, New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, Singapore, Egypt, Venice and Greece.