Amanda M. Thackeray, Ph.D.


About the Book

Lily Bell: Worthy of Love is a timeless fable written for children yet touches the heart of all ages, especially those with special needs who long to be included. It is a story of a frail yet determined dove named Lily Bell who is unable to fly. With the help of her family and some unlikely friends, she journeys through the forest to finally find what she has been searching for: her purpose and worth. Lily Bell realizes that she can do all of the things she had hoped for, just in a different way.

We are all wonderfully made with a unique purpose and plan for our lives. Through our brokenness or “imperfections,” we are able to help others. With the “perfect” self-image being projected on to today’s generation, the story of Lily Bell: Worthy of Love is a heart-warming, uplifting, and relevant change that delivers a strong message of acceptance, friendship, and courage in a way that children will understand and adults will appreciate: we are all worthy of love.



About the Author

AMANDA M. THACKERAY, Ph.D., Author – was born and raised in Great Britain and spent each summer with her grandparents in the Netherlands. Her family later moved to the United States, where she became an early childhood educator while earning a masters and doctoral degree in Child Development and Family Relations. Amanda spent many years researching children’s relationships with God, and later founded and directed a faith-based elementary school. After the arrival of her third son, Amanda was called back to the nest to homeschool her three little eggs. She is now teaching her little biddies to stretch their wings and fly as they embark on their own journey away from their nest.

Amanda and her husband, Dr. Jason Thackeray, live in Destin, Florida, with their three sons Houston “Bubba,” Cade “Wiley,” and Silas “the turtle”; their dogs, Molly, Creed and four chickens. (RIP: Scout)



July 13, 11am-2pm – Barnes & Noble, Destin: Book Reading, Signing, Art

July 14, 6-8pm Barnes & Noble, Destin: Book Signing, Art

July 26, 10am-2pm – Sundog Books, Seaside: Book Signing

September 8th, 10am-2pm – Somerby Assisted Living: Story Reading

September 10th, 4:15-5:30pm – Niceville Library: Story Reading, Art

November 27th, 8:30am – WPSM radio:  morning program

December 1, 3-7pmBarnes & Noble, Destin: Book Reading, Signing, Art

December 5, 4pm – Barnes & Noble, 2501 Tyrone Blvd N, St. Petersburg, FL: Book Reading, Signing, Art

December 14, 11 am-2 pm – Barnes and Noble, Tallahassee: Book Reading, Signing, Art


February 8th, 10:30-12 pm – Bodacious Bookstore: downtown Pensacola: Book reading, signing, and art

February 22nd, 12-3 pm – Barnes and Noble, Spanish Fort, Alabama: Book reading, signing, and art

February 26th, 4;30-5:30 pm- Walton County Coastal Branch Library: Story reading, signing, and art.

February 29th, 11:00 am-2:00 pm – Barnes and Noble, Dothan, Alabama: Story reading, signing, and art 

March 10th, 4:15-5:30 pm – Destin Library: Story reading, signing, and art

April 2-3, Dothan, Alabama  – CANCELED/WILL RESCHEDULE

April 18th, 11:30 am-2:00 pm – Barnes and Noble, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Story reading, signing, art, and book fair benefiting Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. CANCELED/WILL RESCHEDULE

June 13th, 11 am-2 pm, Barnes and Noble, Highlands Village, Texas: Story reading, signing, and art. CANCELED/WILL RESCHEDULE

July – St. Jude Children’s Hospital 

Book available in hard cover, soft cover, and EBook at, Barnes & Noble and other online retailers.