Summer Reading List: “Eli’s Balloon”

Eli believes he can be anything he wants to be. But can he really? Come with Eli on a fun adventure as he explores what it would be like if he were a balloon! Eli’s Balloon is a fun and charming story about a little boy who travels on a fantastic journey as he imagines what it would be like to be the one thing he longs to be when he grows up . . . a balloon.

Eli’s Balloon is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Eli’s Balloon written by Candace Ruffin and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams.

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Meet Candace Ruffin: “Eli’s Balloon”

Candace Ruffin is a native of East Cleveland, Ohio where, as a young girl, she first discovered her love of writing. After teaching in public schools for several years, she eventually decided to leave the classroom and pursue her passion for writing. Drawing on her personal and professional experiences with children, she was inspired to write stories for children of all ages to enjoy.

Candace Ruffin currently lives in Central Florida with her husband, two sons, and their pet rabbit, Smokey. Eli’s Balloon is her first picture book.

Meet Irina Gonikberg Dolinskiy

Irina Gonikberg Dolinskiy is a corporate/business attorney, as well as a classically trained pianist and an avid writer and storyteller. Having practiced law in New York for a number of years, Irina is now a partner at a law firm in Central Florida, where she resides with her husband and her daughter, Jayne. Irina’s son, Mitchell—the original audience and inspiration for her stories—lives and works in New York City.

Parts of Speech Parade, New York City was first written as an entertaining grammar aid for the author’s then-young son, Mitchell. After becoming fast friends with the Noun, Verb, Adjective, Preposition, Conjunction, and Interjection, Mitchell started recognizing their familiar faces in every book, making his reading adventures fun and enjoyable.

While Mitchell is now a college graduate, the author is eager to share the Parts of Speech Parade with today’s girls and boys who are newly discovering the magic of reading.

Read more about Parts of Speech Parade, New York City

Mark, this is simply beyond amazing!! I am absolutely speechless (no pun intended), and in awe of your brilliant creativity!” – Irina Dolinskiy