A Medford fifth-grader and “Mr. Mustache,” a character of his creation, are working hand-in-hand to promote literacy among children.
Christopher Ford, 11, who attends Frank P. Long Intermediate School in Bellport, is writing a series of books on Mr. Mustache’s adventures.
The first book, “Mr. Mustache Goes to the Circus,” was published in May 2015, and a second is to be released this year.
“Reading is the foundation of all learning,” Christopher said. Of the first book’s plot, he said, “Mr. Mustache wanted to be every act in the circus, but in the end he realized he’s best just being himself.”
He has donated about 25 books to local libraries and to children in an effort to increase literacy. Last month, he participated in a Parent University workshop at Kreamer Street Elementary School in Bellport and signed copies of the 36-page book.
Christopher said he started writing the first book when he was in the first grade. He found an illustrator online and a publisher in Archway Publishing, a self-publishing arm of Simon & Schuster. Since publication, he has done several readings at the Brookhaven Free Library.
Christopher plays French horn and is a neighborhood tutor and a Boy Scout. He has a black belt in karate and plays football in a local Police Athletic League.