Kristi Yamaguchi Hosts Story Reading With Q&A Tonight

Mom-of-two Kristi Yamaguchi is an Olympic ice skating champion, the first woman to win Dancing with the Stars, and now she’s taking on children’s literature. In the follow up from her first inspirational tale, Dream Big Little Pig!, Kristi releases It’s A Big World, Little Pig in hopes to encourage a natural bedtime routine and big imaginations.

Kristi opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about partnering with Tom’s of Maine for a live story reading and Q&A on Facebook tonight (March 14). In addition, there’s a chance to win Silly Strawberry samples and copies of her book. Kristi talks about her gorgeous girls Keara, 8, and Emma, 6, the importance of reading and her inspiration behind her sweet book.

CBS: Tell us about the Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry Story Hour on Facebook for a reading of your new children’s book It’s A Big World, Little Pig.

KY: “I was excited when Tom’s of Maine approached me to host a live story hour. I thought it was a great way to encourage a natural bedtime routine and to give parents and kids a chance to come together and wind down over a new book.

I hope many families will join us tonight. I’ll read my new book about the dreams of a little pig named Poppy and then you (or your kids!) can ask me questions. It should be fun to share a natural bedtime routine together. Plus, during the story hour, Tom’s of Maine will share a special way families can get a sample of their natural children’s toothpaste Silly Strawberry and copies of my book while supplies last.”

CBS: How can we tune in?

KY: “Just head to the Tom’s of Maine Facebook page under the Story Hour tab. You’ll see the video player all set up, simply click to join us.”

CBS: Tell us all about your new book. What inspired you to write the book?

KY: “My kids inspired me to write books. I love the time we spend reading together at night. It’s A Big World, Little Pig is a about Poppy, who is nervous to go to Paris for an international skating competition. While she is there, she discovers that her competitors, although seemingly different on the surface, are all the same at heart and a smile goes a long way.

I did draw upon some of my own experiences for this book. For instance, when I went to my first international competition, I had similar feelings of anxiety about meeting so many skaters from around the world. I quickly learned that we had so many similarities.”

CBS: Do you love to read?

KY: “I do love reading. I spent a lot of time as a child reading and it’s a joy that has stayed with me my whole life.”

CBS: How are your daughters Keara, 8, and Emma, 6, doing? What are they into? What are some of their favorite books?

KY: “The girls are at such a fun, active stage right now. They love helping me on my books. In fact, Keara actually came up with the name for the main character, Poppy the pig. Emma now says Poppy is her best friend. Kids in general have such great imaginations. It’s fun for me to hear their ideas and how they think a story should go. As for books, I think they’d probably say mommy’s books!”

CBS: Are you getting excited about the summer Olympics in London? Will you and your family be attending?

KY: “I always look forward to the Olympic Games. To this day, winning the gold medal is one of my greatest honors but I also have a lot of wonderful memories from the journey to get there. My husband and I both come from a sports background so we find it exciting to watch fellow athletes reaching for their dreams – and enjoy sharing that with our girls. We’ll be cheering on Team USA from home.”

CBS: What are your summer plans this year?

KY: “I’m looking forward to a vacation in Hawaii with the family and working on projects with my Always Dream Foundation, which supports children’s literacy. In fact, Tom’s of Maine is making a donation to it as part of this story hour event.”

CBS: What’s up next for you?

KY: “Promoting It’s a Big World, Little Pig and hopefully the launch of my clothing line.”

Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry is the first and only natural children’s toothpaste approved by the American Dental Assocation. While most mainstream brands contain saccharin, Silly Strawberry has no artificial dyes or sweeteners for those precious baby teeth. Plus, Tom’s of Maine donates 10% of profits back to the community.

Click here to join the chat on Facebook tonight at 7:30 ET/4:30 PT.


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