Amy Parker’s children’s books are what’s for dinner

Amy Parker, who graduated from Watertown High School in 1994, has written more than 50 children’s books including seven best-selling “Night Night” books. She will read “Night Night, Farm” at the Lebanon Ryan’s Thursday night. SUBMITTED

Children’s author Amy Parker, a 1994 Watertown High School graduate, and her best-selling “Night Night” series of bedtime books are going to dinner.

Ovation Brands’ portfolio of restaurants (Ryan’s, Old Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet and Country Buffet along with Furr’s Fresh Buffet) and Parker are linking up to help families enjoy a fun and bonding routine with a Family Night program featuring her hit book series, which helps young children prepare for bedtime.

The six-week series kicks off tomorrow night in 130 restaurants in 30 states.

“It took me a minute to wrap my head around it. My books are going to be on kids’ menus . . . and in Family Nights . . . in restaurants all over the country?” said Parker, who will be at the Lebanon Ryan’s 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 27.

“When I looked at the Ryan’s website, I saw that previous themes have been based on Amelia Bedelia, my hero, and ‘National Geographic.’ And my little ‘Night Night’ books are next? I have no idea how my marketing team pulled that off, but I was baffled and tickled all at once.”

Ryan said that she has invited friends, family and everyone she knows to support a business that is behind wholesome family entertainment.

“There will be games to play and crafts to make and sweepstakes to enter and giveaways to win and Night Night cookies to eat, and my little books will be on the placemats. It’ll be a great time. There’s a different theme and just as much fun planned for every Thursday night through Aug. 31,” she said.

Parker has written more than 50 books. Her seventh “Night Night” book, “Night Night, Train” was released yesterday. The inspiration for the series came late one night when she was having a tough time getting her 3-year-old son to fall asleep.


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