Thursday, 11 April 2024 15:19

Local Author Releases Children’s Book

Cover art for the children’s book “Brianna’s Brave Day at School” provided by author Francine Apy. Cover art for the children’s book “Brianna’s Brave Day at School” provided by author Francine Apy.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Local author Francine Apy has released a children’s book, “Brianna’s Brave Day at School,” which is now available on Amazon. A virtual book launch will occur on Thursday, April 18.

The story is designed to open up a heartfelt conversation about adoption, set within the backdrop of a school day. It’s based on an event that happened to one of Francine’s children. 

“It’s a book crafted with love, aimed at nurturing understanding among our youngest readers,” Apy told Saratoga TODAY.

Apy is also the founder of SoulFilling, which was created to empower the adoption community with stories of resilience. “I started SoulFilling as a way to be a Beacon to the adoption community and beyond,” Apy said. “My mission is to make the conversation of adoption more conversational, mainstream, educational, at home, school, and in our communities. One way I can do this is through writing a children’s book.” 

To learn more about SoulFilling or to schedule a time for Apy to come to your local elementary school to read “Brianna’s Brave Day at School,” visit

Apy also has a Mother’s Day special on the site, where a custom designed adoption pendant that Briana wears in the story can be purchased.

Read 413 times


  • Todd A. Axton, 61, of Ballston, was sentenced to 8 months incarceration in the Saratoga County Correctional Facility, after pleading to aggravated criminal contempt, a felony, charged October 2022.  Lewis Labshere, 34, of Schenectady, was sentenced to 1-1/2 to 3 years incarceration in a state correctional facility after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree, charged February 2024 in Galway.  Jay A, Sherman, 35, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced to time served and 5 years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI, charged August 2023 in Moreau.  Hasan A. Stubbs, 26, of Ballston Spa, pleaded to grand larceny in…

Property Transactions

  • BALLSTON  Brandon Acres sold property at 6 Nolan Rd to Tyler Makarowsky for $273,980 Traditional Homebuilders and Developers sold property at 55 Mallory Way to William Denton for $596,030 Eastline Holdings LLC sold property at 13 Basswood Ct to Chen Zhang for $539,980 CHARLTON Kimberleigh Whittaker sold property at 717 Swaggertown Rd to Michael Richards for $262,000 Benjamin Lounsbery sold property at 206 Sweetman Rd to Andrew Dunn for $307,500 CORINTH Dale Dayton sold property at 407 Walnut St to Alexander Wolf for $250,000 Eleanor Mullaney sold property at 541 Main St to 1010 19th Street LLC for $100,000 GALWAY…
  • NYPA
  • Saratoga County Chamber
  • BBB Accredited Business
  • Discover Saratoga
  • Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association