DW is a natural born story teller and the proud mother of three beautiful children, so it is no surprise that she is a talented children's author!
Friday, February 20, 2015
What if we just talk about it?
I am writing a series of children's books that cover topics that most adults wont (or simply don't know how to) tackle. Titled "I'm not like the others" this series helps children start a conversation with their significant "adult(s)". Each picture book concludes with the fact that each child in many ways are" just like the others" as well as a page offering some discussion ideas made for the adults to help them get started. This series includes such topics as sexual identification, homelessness, death, divorce, drugs,violence in the home, cultural diversity, same sex parents, adoption, mental illness and more! This is not a series to provide expert advice, it is simply intended to start a helpful dialog. Looking forward to giving children a way to break down some barriers, and maybe in some small way a window to articulate what they are feeling or working on figuring out. Looking forward to a world of greater tolerance and understanding. It all starts with a simple conversation, the rest is up to the readers and their audience. After raising three children of my own and countless others (who were not my own) I learned that these children had questions and concerns at a very young age. Unable to start the conversation nor articulate what they felt, many suffered for years until they could. Why make them wait? Why not let them know that they are not alone, and they are loved and valued. Their value is not measured by what life circumstance they are living. They are simply valued!