8-year-old becomes published author

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – They say the future isn’t written but that may be a different story for one elementary school student.

There are millions of stories in the world. A unique one is the story of young second grader Eden Hitchcock.

Eden is many things: smart, creative, talented and a fully published author.

“I’ve always written books but I never thought that I’d actually get one published,” Second-grader and published author Eden Hitchcock said.

Through the nonprofit, ‘Books 4 Kids,’ they give students the chance to connect with authors from books they’ve read.

“They find the connection of seeing themselves as authors, because they are kids or they are people who aren’t typically big name authors like Moe Willams or Dr. Seuss. They’re people that are like them,” Librarian at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary Jenni Egstad said.

But little did Hitchcock know she’d become one herself.

“It feels kind of special but at the same time it just feels the same as being older or younger,” Hitchcock said. 

Her book titled, ‘The House,’ was picked from over 50 submissions from around the nation to be published. It tells the story about making connections with those around you and understanding differences.

“Since I kind of live in the country and out of the city, I wanted to show other people what it’s like to live there and live in other places as well across the country,” Hitchcock said.

Taking that a step further, she wrote the book in both English and Spanish making it the first bi-lingual book to come out of the Books 4 Kids program.

“I just wanted to share it with all types of people; not just one language or one country. I wanted to share it with everyone,” Hitchcock said.

“I am so excited for Eden. She is such a sweet kid and she just has so much to offer and I’m excited for her to have this opportunity to just been seen and be known and to just put herself out there,” Egstad said.

Like authors before her, Hitchcock will now get the chance to meet other aspiring authors and share her story with them.

“I just feel, kind of, like glad I get to share this… my book and what’s it’s like to be an author with other people and encourage them to do the same thing that – the same opportunity I had,” Hitchcock said.

Along with the publishing contract, she won a 250 dollar check and the book gets to be a part of the 2019-2020 school year catalog.

You can learn more about Books 4 Kids here.

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