Children’s Book About Diversity Receives Another Award!



For Immediate Release


Celebrate Diversity with a Fruitfully,  

Friendly, Award-Winning Children’s Book!



Multi-Award Winning

“Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors”

Now Available Nationwide in Bookstores and Online


Evanston, IL (April 29, 2019) — The “sweet” children’s book from author Lisa Blecker of Studio 9 Inc, with art direction and graphic design by C, Aaron Kreader, has received several awards from national organizations that honor the very best in children’s books.


Mom’s Choice recently honored “Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors” with a Gold Award as among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. Family Review Center has given the book its coveted Seal of Recommendation, the book received the Story Monsters Seal of Approval and it received a five-star rating from Reader’s Favorites.



Based on a song by Dick Grover, the AbsoFRUITly delightful “Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors,” features an illustrious group of friendly fruit from the Farmers’ Market, which come in all shapes, sizes and colors, telling a sweet story about celebrating the diversity in all of us.


An added benefit to the bright, boldly designed storybook and easy-to-follow-along words, is a page of sheet music – “The Sweet Neighbors Come in all Colors” song, with original music by Grover and adapted lyrics by Blecker. Visit to hear the song and watch the video.  


“Sweet neighbors come in all textures:

Soft, smooth, bumpy, and rough.

Our outsides may look different,

But we all are loveable stuff.

Yes, we all are lovable stuff!”


Diversity and unity are “hot” topics and the book is designed for parents to help their children ages 2-5 enjoy exploring what makes “neighbors” different, the same and lovable, through the delightful colorful, medley of fruit in grocery stores all over the country. And, “Sweet Neighbors” is a great way to introduce early learners to colors of the rainbow!


“Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors” is available for $11.95. To order, visit the book’s website, Amazon, or wherever books are sold. Like Sweet Neighbors on Facebook and Youtube, and sign up here to receive updates.


About Studio 9 Inc.

Studio 9 Inc. was formed by C. Aaron Kreader and Lisa Blecker, a husband-and-wife team dedicated to producing family-friendly illustrations, books, animation and games. Projects include fun and often thought-provoking content that celebrates humanity’s rich diversity. From entertaining works that spark up imaginations and creativity, to those that also encourage eliminating prejudices, many of the company’s products promote universal themes and principles such as kindness, respect, and unity. Studio 9’s games have won numerous awards and recognitions including a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award, Serious Play Silver Medal Award,  Mensa Mind Games® Competitor and an Origins Silver Honor. Visit


About Lisa Blecker

Lisa Blecker is an award-winning children’s book writer, illustrator and a co-game creator whose books include “The Good in Me From A to Z by Dottie” and “Blessed Is the Spot.” She is also a regular freelance writer, artist, and concept developer for “Brilliant Star”—an award-winning international children’s magazine inspired by the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith. She received credentials for teaching art in Florida, and her experience in education inside and outside of the public-school system informs and influences the materials she creates.



Sw                       Title:                   Sweet Neighbors Come in All Colors

Category:          Children; Ages 2-5

SRP:                    $11.95

Re                        Release Date:  October 5, 2018/Available nationwide March 2019

Length:              32 p. hardcover, color

ISBN:                   10-9781618511287

Publisher:         Bellwood Press

1233 Central St.

Evanston, IL 60204






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Andrea Blain • Andrea Blain Public Relations • 847-933-9884