Sonora Elementary School students pose for a group photo with Kayla Davidson, author of three books written for children, after listening to her narrative titled “My Prince Wears Blue Jeans” Monday, March 26, 2017, at the Sutton County Library. Davidson was on hand to answer questions, interact with students and parents as well as autograph books.


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Sonora Elementary School students pose for a group photo with Kayla Davidson, author of three books written for children, after listening to her narrative titled “My Prince Wears Blue Jeans” Monday, March 26, 2017, at the Sutton County Library. Davidson was on hand to answer questions, interact with students and parents as well as autograph books. KIMBERLEY MEYER | THE DEVIL’S RIVER NEWS

Although she never saw herself as a writer, Kayla Shurley Davidson had the attention of every child while reading aloud her latest children’s book “My Prince Wears Blue Jeans” Monday morning, March 26, 2018, at the Sutton County Library.

In addition to hearing the story, children also participated in the story telling by making sounds to go along with tractors and animals and raising their hands to acknowledge their own experiences similar to the ones narrated in the book.

Arriving by bus, Sonora Elementary students spent the morning at the library along with children and parents from the community also wanting to meet Davidson and hear her stories.

Before leaving, the children took part in a hands-on craft activity making their own cowboy and cowgirl art project.

Kindergarteners Lynette Leija and Anayi Lopez said they liked Davidson’s book and were having fun making their own cowgirls out of construction paper.

Leija said her favorite part of the book was when the girl was going to ride the horse.

Lopez said she liked everything about the story and her favorite part of the day is getting to come to the library.

“I couldn’t wait to come here today,” Lopez said with excitement. “I was so excited. I love to read books and I like making things too.”

Agreeing with his classmates, Levi Snodgrass said, “It was awesome!”

Davidson, spent her childhood in Sonora before moving to Ozona where she completed high school.

After college, she taught school before becoming a stay at home mother and children’s book writer.

She said it has been her life-long love for reading coupled with wanting to share her stories about growing up in West Texas that led her to eventually penning her own books.

She has written and published three books so far and hopes to begin working on a fourth book in the near future. Her books include “Daddy’s Little Squirrel”, “The Ride” and “My Prince Wears Blue Jeans”.

Davidson was also on hand through the lunch hour to allow patrons to share in a brown bag lunch with her while perusing through the pages of her books on their own.

While autographing books she said, “Since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed reading. I love to read. I never saw myself as a children’s book author but the stories just come to me because they are part of me. Life is different out here in West Texas. Different from anywhere else and I think this is a great way for me to share the stories of what life is like around here.”