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Former Irvine Educator Releases New Children’s Book


Hugga Loula is a just-published picture book for children 4-8 years old, but “is truly a picture book for everyone,” according to its author, Nancy Dearborn, who worked at Santiago Elementary School, in Irvine, from January through May 2018.

During her time in Irvine, Nancy supported the teaching of English as a second language, and left to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time published author, which she accomplished.  That was a fitting capstone to her prior position of high school English teacher!

Nancy goes on to explain, “The main character, Hugga Loula, uses the power of a hug to diffuse different challenging situations that her dad, mom, and brother are faced with.”

Hugga Loula is filled with colorful illustrations and the catchy refrain, “If you’re grumpy or sad, frustrated or mad, just give a shout, and hug it out!”  And a hug is also a great way to say, “I love you,” and “I’m here for you.”

Hugga Loula is a modern-day hero whose superpower is offering care, comfort and love to a world desperately in need of all three.

Nancy has been writing for a number of years and has had numerous articles, stories, and poems published.  You may purchase a copy of Hugga Loula from Amazon.com, Familius.com, Barnes and Noble, and other online outlets.  The book is also available on Kindle.

REVIEW: A sweet, poignant read about the power of hugs to help us remember what really matters in life: each other.  Our world needs more Hugga Loulas!” — Rochelle Groskreutz, children’s author

As soon as Nancy safely can, she plans to visit her daughter and granddaughters in Irvine, where she hopes to give readings and presentations.

Harvey H. Liss


Irvine, CA
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