When Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive vice president of Global Products, was reading to his daughter Elle, he noticed there were plenty of alphabet books but not necessarily many that had a message of exercise. That gave him an idea. Or, actually, sparked an old idea that had been shelved for more than five years.
Ablondi and Stan Tran, IHRSA’s Association Management Systems administrator, had started working on a children’s book in the late 2000s but put it on hold due to time restraints and the recession. With his new revelation, he went to Tran and set a deadline to finish, and publish, the book.
Active from A to Z, IHRSA’s first children’s book, is full of bright illustrations by Tran that complement Ablondi’s rhyming about animals being active and accompanying fun facts.