Cedar Grove native turned author Emmie Werner recently published her first book “KID CAN”, the first in the “I CAN” series. 
“KID CAN” is a 21-day devotional for young children that is designed to teach them they can do all things. It is recommended for ages 4-8. 
While writing is a passion of Werner's, teaching was her first love, which was largely from the influence from her third-grade teacher Billy Jobe. Werner said she remembered thinking she wanted to be just like her when she grew up. 
Werner went on to graduate from Whitewater High School and attend Marian University where she earned a degree in elementary education and later her masters from Ball State University. Werner has 25 plus years of teaching experience. 
Werner married her husband Bill and they have been together 48 years and they have four daughters and 14 grandchildren.
The desire to write children's books, for Werner, has always been there. She would often fill out the “do you want to write a children's book” forms found in magazines but never send them in. 
“After I retired, I got serious about publishing,” said Werner. 
Werner said she has had ideas for children's book staring Nelly, a llama with green hair, and other various ideas that she would jot down on whatever she could find. She said the road to publishing her first book was interesting and it took a lot of work and support from her family. 
Her inspiration came from seeing an “I CAN” pamphlet at church. This gave her the push to pursue writing. “KID CAN” is a kid-friendly, simple gospel that has a daily bible verse and short story. There are also activities accompanied by illustrations from Jack Foster. 
Werner will be holding a book launch at The Old Schubox in Batesville on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those interested in purchasing a copy. 
You can also visit Werner's website at www.emmierwerner.com.