Meet a Mom: Emily Sestito, a local mother and author - Capital District Moms
Emily Sestito is a local mother and author of the children’s book “Lina The Lion Learns to Laugh.”
How long have you lived in the Capital District? Where did you go to school?
I have lived in the Capital District my entire life. I grew up in a town called Valatie which is 20 miles east of Albany. I attended Hudson Valley Community College where I received my Liberal Arts Degree. It was there when I realized I wanted to pursue a career in teaching and education. I then went on to graduate from The College of Saint Rose, receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  As well as receiving my Masters Degree in Literacy from the College of Saint Rose. 
How many children do you have? What do you do for work?
My husband and I have two girls, ages five and three. I am a stay at home mom. I have been since the day my oldest daughter was born, which I am truly grateful for.  

Family Photo taken by Casey MacKenzie Photography.

What is your favorite part of being a mom?
So many favorites when it comes to being a mom for me. All the firsts, all the snuggles, the love, the laughs. Being my daughters special someone and the person who they can count on. I love watching them grow and learn together. Every day is special in their eyes.  
What is your favorite thing to do with your girls in the Capital District?
There are so many great things to do. We love going to the playgrounds in the summertime, and taking walks on the trails surrounding the area. Riding bikes and swimming in our pool as well as getting ice cream from any of the great ice cream shops in the area.
What made you decide to write a book?
I first decided to write this book for both my daughters in hopes that one day they could read it and know that I was always thinking about them and how much I love them. My education in early childhood education and having two daughters has also made me aware of the importance that literature has on learning. I have always had a passion for writing, and was inspired through my parenting to write a children’s book. My hope is that “Lina the Lion Learns to Laugh” helps other children as well understand their big feelings.   
Tell us a little about your book: 
This book is a short children’s story based on my oldest daughter, who we call Lina. Lina, who is a Lion, learns to laugh and turns being sad and frustrated into happiness. It reflects family experiences, and big feelings.
Where can someone find “Lina the Lion Learns to Laugh”?
A special thank you and shout out to the extremely talented illustrator of my book- Phil Shaw!
Questions? Emily can be reached by email at [email protected]

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