Sixth Grade Campus student a self-published author

Samantha Kuntz has written two ABC books with two more on the way.
Posted on 12/01/2022
Author Samantha Kuntz holds up her two self-published ABC books. By Gary Weckselblatt

During Carrie Marriott’s social studies class at the Sixth Grade Campus, the discussion turned to economics and entrepreneurship with an assignment to create a business. It just so happens, one of her students, Samantha Kuntz, had already done just that as a two-time self-published author with another two books in the works.

“The class was so impressed,” Ms. Marriott said. “All of our students got to see that you can take an idea and pursue it. It’s a great, real-life lesson.”

Samantha, 11, has written two ABC books, which list each letter of the alphabet and one of her drawings plus a positive phrase that goes along with the letter. The first is titled “The Cue Cue’s Be Amazing Alphabet Book.” The second is “The Cue Cue’s Your Beautiful Aquatic Animals Alphabet Book.”

CueCue’s, according to the website that markets the books, is short for CuteCute’s, which are “adorable, big-eyed, happy animals (and other things) filled with love, that bring a smile to your face just looking at them! In addition, they love to share inspirational, positive messages to make the word a happier place.” They’ve been the work of Samantha.

“It all started when I started drawing cats,” Samantha said. “I’m obsessed with cats. My binders have drawings all over them.”

Her mom, Susan Campisi, can testify to that. “She’s always been very creative. Since she’s been able to pick up a marker she’s always doodled.”

Greg Campisi, Samantha’s stepdad, has been the motivator behind the project. He developed the website and designed the books.

“I’m proud she put the time and effort into creating this,” he said. “It’s an ongoing project. She sees the value in it. It’s taking off now.”

Samatha said her teachers and friends have used the term “adorable” to describe her work. “I like to teach kids about different animals,” she said. “The second book has more challenging words, so kids can learn what they mean. It can be for kids of any age but primarily for preschool and elementary school ages.

The books sold well during the fall Quakertown Alive! event with children, parents, and grandparents purchasing copies of the books. “It’s a very inspirational book by a kid for kids,” Mr. Campisi said.

“My stepdad helped me with some sayings for the second book,” Samantha said. “It was kind of harder to find more positive words.”

Samantha’s third book, facts about fruits and vegetables, is nearly complete. Book number four will be about famous landmarks across the world.

“I just keep coming up with more and more ideas,” she said.

Her message for young entrepreneurs? “Small ideas like my cat can turn into big ideas,” she said. “You should always go for big ideas and don’t give up.”

Gary Weckselblatt, QCSD Director of Communications, writes about the people and the programs that impact the Quakertown Community School District. He can be reached at 215-529-2028 or [email protected].
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