Long Island teen Taylor Sinett, 16, of Sands Point recently donated $2,500 to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, which she raised through writing a second children’s picture book.
Sinett wrote and illustrated “Jack on a Plaque” (East End Press, $15) about a yak named Jack who has a small hoof. He doesn’t let his physical limitation stop him from competing in athletic competitions at his school, and his determination and perseverance earn him the Leader of the Yak Pack title.
Sinett was inspired to raise money for the hospital after reading her first book, “Weasel on an Easel,” to kids at the hospital last summer. “I had such a good time, and I loved visiting all the kids,” she says.
Sinett, who is a sophomore at Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, returned to the hospital recently to read her second book to patients, and she says she hopes the story encourages kids who face physical challenges.
“Jack on a Plaque” is for sale at the medical center gift shop. For more information, go to Sinett’s website, taylorsinett.com. She’s sold about 50 books since its publication in January, but because some people donated far more than the book’s price, she was able to pass on $2,500, she says.
Sinett donated all proceeds from her first book, “Weasel on an Easel,” to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America in dedication to her cousin Casey, who suffers from ulcerative colitis. That book effort raised $13,000, and Sinett hopes this book will raise an equal amount for the hospital.