Quincy had never been on a big trip. He had never gone far away or seen a desert. He asked Beau, “Are there horses in the desert?” Beau laughed. “Horses are everywhere,” he said. Then Quincy asked, “Why do we need to go far away?” Beau said, “The desert is in the West. The West has wide open spaces and trails as far as you can see.”
Quincy Moves to the Desert goes on tour!
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Camille Matthews is a licensed clinical social worker and author of the Quincy the Horse Books for children ages K-4t.h. She notes that most children have empathy for animals and identify with Quincy and his adventures, which involve every day challenges that children face such as loss and change, a family move, confronting a bully and sibling rivalry. Click here to read more about Camille Matthews.
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“Matthews’s narrative moves ahead at a steady clip, and Beau imparts a good amount of information about different horses and their jobs to Quincy and, by extension, readers. Black’s polished paintings are a highlight, and many scenes have a photographic crispness.” — Publisher’s Weekly
Quincy Goes to the Desert Tour Stops
June 18– Guest blog at A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book
June 19–Book review by Heather at Fire and Ice
June 20–Guest post at Andi’s Book Reviews
June 24–Guest blog at Edin Road
June 25–A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book podcast
June 25–My Story interview at Pod People
June 26–Interview and giveaway with Linda Weaver Clarke
June 27–Book review by J. Lloyd Morgan
June 28–Guest post at Fire and Ice
June 29–Book review at Andi’s Book Reviews
“I have fallen in love with this new series. It’s not just the beautiful, detailed oil paintings or the stories that draw me in and make me want to read more about Quincy, it’s the fact that kiddos who are not quite ready for chapter books can really sink their teeth into this series.” –Biblio Reads
Camille Matthews is a licensed clinical social worker and author of the Quincy the Horse Books for children ages K-4t.h. She notes that most children have empathy for animals and identify with Quincy and his adventures which involve every day challenges that children face such as loss and change, a family move, confronting a bully and sibling rivalry.
Matthews was born in Lexington, KY, an area considered by many the horse capital of the world. She loved to read and treasured her horse books. She was an only child and her favorite activity was visiting her grandfather’s farm where she learned to ride. As an adult she has been an avid equestrian. In 2002, she became certified in the relatively new field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and established the Pathfinder Program, one of the first equine assisted mental health programs in New Mexico providing EAP to children and teens.
In 2008 she had the idea for a series of children’s horse books inspired by real events in the life of one of her horses. She teamed with Michelle Black, a horse trainer and artist in Farmington, New Mexico, to create the Quincy the Horse Books. Their first book, Quincy Finds A New Home was published in 2009 and awarded a Mom’s Choice Gold in 2010. The sequel, Quincy Moves to the Desert, released in August 2011, is a recipient of Mom’s Choice Gold and Tillywig Toy awards for 2011. The series will include at least two more of Quincy’s adventures. Quincy and Buck will be released later in 2012, Quincy and His Brothers in 2013. Matthews and Black have given great care to the details of horse life in the series and Black’s vibrant, authentic artwork brings Quincy’s world to life for young readers.
Matthews and the real Quincy, who is now a 20-year-old, relocated from New Mexico to the Reading Pennsylvania area in 2010. Matthews attends events at equestrian venues around the country. In addition to several other children’s books, her current project is a book on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for mental health professionals. She believes there is a need for a book that addresses not only the “nuts and bolts” of how to utilize EAP as a modality in practice but also explores in depth the qualities of horses that make them so effective in healing attachment disorders and trauma. Matthews is an advocate of getting children involved with horses both for fun and for healing. She has guest posts available entitled “Kids and Horses A Winning Combination: 5 Ways to Get Kids Involved” and “Why to Consider Equine Assisted Psychotherapy When Your Child Needs Help”, “5 Reasons Horses Make the Best Therapists”.
In addition to these projects, Matthews is active in horse rescue and enjoys organic gardening and Tai Chi.