A Lesson in Caring...
I am excited to announce that one of my books in the Lae Lae collection has just won a Book Excellence Award as a finalist in the category of children's education. This is the third book award that the collection has received and this one again has been chosen from hundreds of books submitted from around the world. As stated in the Book Excellence Award press releases, the book was chosen for high quality writing, design and market appeal.
The subject matter was considered as well and this book is about learning to accept a child who has special needs. It is one of my favorite books in the collection as I feel that bullying can come because of a child's fear of someone who is different or a lack of empathy and caring for a child who is different or who may have special needs.
In this book Lae Lae meets Timmy, a little boy who walks with "canes" and who has special needs. She wants to be a friend but doesn't know how to include him in her play. Her mother tells Lae Lae that Timmy is just like she is inside and that he has the same needs and desires that Lae Lae has. Lae Lae and her friends discover activities that they can participate in to include him and all are happier because of it. This book is about accepting, not judging and learning how to develop empathy. I have had parents who have told me that the book has helped their child with learning acceptance and caring and others who have said that it has helped their child who has special needs to develop his or her sense of self worth and acceptance. There are lessons to be learned for children on both sides of the human connection.
I started my collection several years ago to express positive life lessons for young children .... about caring for each other, the animals and the world that they live in. Most of my blogs are about positive fun things that have come from my own experiences. However sometime, I approach subjects which need to be corrected like the killing of endangered animals or the desecration of our earth. Those subjects are an unfortunate reality in today's world. I am talking to children because they are the citizens of tomorrow and it is up to us to help guide them to be caring stewards of the world that they live in. I am hoping that the parents hear the messages as well. We all need to do our best.