NEW YORK — — — The Hillbilly Elephant, the first book printing company to print a children’s book, has partnered with the family of a 6-year-old girl who was killed in a car accident in Florida last year.
The “Hillbills Elegy” Book Print and Packaging Company will make the book cover for the new book by “Hillbells Elegy,” a book printing service that specializes in children’s books.
Hillbilling Elegy is located in South Florida, and has worked with local schools, the Department of Children and Families, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Fire Authority and the Hillsboro Community School District to produce books.
“I am deeply touched by this young woman’s passing and I want to give her name to her legacy,” said David G. Brown, president and chief executive officer of Hillbilling Elephant.
“It’s a privilege to be able to print her name on our books.”
Hillbilled Elephant is the first children’s publishing company to do a book cover with kids on the line.
It has also worked with the Hillsdale County Sheriff Department, the Florida Department of Child Protective Services, the Miami Police Department, and the Orange Countys Fire Authority.
The Hillsdale Elephant has worked to protect children from harm since 1988.
Brown said the company was founded in 2012 after Hillbills founders, Dave and Linda Hillbiller, were told by their son, Kevin, that the family had been at risk.
Kevin Hillbilled is a retired police officer and a father of two who is currently employed by Hillbill Elephant.
Kevin is an avid reader and avid listener.
Hillbilleys book has a story about his daughter, Ella, who died in an automobile accident in January, 2015.
Kevin and Linda learned that Ella had been in a head-on collision with a semi-truck that collided with her vehicle.
She died at the scene.
“Kevin was one of the first to say, ‘I can’t wait to get a book printed, and I have to do it with a child in my care,'” Brown said.
“He said, ‘That’s the kind of thing that can be done.
That’s what makes the world go around.'”
In the book, Kevin describes his daughter’s death and the emotional pain that came with it.
“She was my daughter and she loved me and I didn’t know that she was going to die.
I couldn’t imagine that happening,” Kevin Hillbiddys daughter wrote.
Kevin also wrote that he is proud to have worked so closely with Hillbilys book printing team to print the book.
“I was in awe of the people at Hillbils, and to have them print the whole book with my daughter’s likeness and my daughter, and so many children, is a huge honor,” Kevin said.