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Mother and Daughter Duo Collaborate to Write and Illustrate a Children’s Board Book

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Mother and Daughter Duo Collaborate to Write and Illustrate a Children’s Board Book

October 11
22:10 2018

Caris Kenny along with her daughter, professional artist and new mother Courtney Kenny Porto, is happy to announce their collaboration with their new children’s board book entitled “Smirker Face.”

Caris Kenny, mother of two, is the author of this book. She invented the “Smirker Face” as a playful way to liven up members of her family who were grumpy. When someone was in a bad mood, she would start to look mischievous, pause, and slowly whisper “Smmmiiirrker.” The harder someone tried not to smile, the more ridiculous the “Smirker face” would become, and it soon became impossible not to grin.


In this delightful children’s picture book, mother and daughter Caris Kenny and Courtney Kenny Porto have created a visually appealing and relatable story that offers a light-hearted and fun game that keeps children entertained and wanting to read it time and time again.

Caris Kenny and her daughter came up with the idea to create this book together when searching for unique and fun books for Porto’s 1-year-old son.

Illustrations by Courtney Kenny Porto, the new children’s board book, are intended not just to provide lovable characters that will capture the hearts of readers, but also to remind parents to be playful and not take themselves too seriously. Furthermore, it’s a fun tool for parents to use when dealing with grumpy or sulky children.

To purchase the children’s board book, visit

About Caris Kenny:

Caris is a photographer and author who writes healing, fun and inspirational book for all ages, which concentrate on valuing the simple things in life. Apart from the “Smirker Face,” Caris has also published several other books including; “The Hugging Machine,” “Puddy’s Adventure,” and “There’s a Puddy in the Pool.”

About Courtney Kenny Porto:

Courtney is a professional artist; known for her figurative work, yarn paintings, and whimsical pet portraits. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from Bethany College with the Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. Her work concentrates on feminism, authenticity, and satire – three concepts that she feels strongly about. She has exhibited work in solo and juried exhibitions throughout the US and has work in various corporate and private collections across the Midwest. She’s been featured in multiple television interviews, blogs, anthologies, and copious publications. A few years ago, she was awarded “Fierce Woman of the Year” in 2015 by the Maxim Feminine Hygiene.

For more information about Courtney and Caris’s children’s board book, visit or email Courtney at [email protected].

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Company Name: Courtney Kenny Art
Contact Person: Courtney Kenny Porto
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Phone: 402-250-4973
Address:3015 S. 145th St.
City: Omaha
State: NE 68144
Country: United States