children’s books: fitting in

children’s books: fitting in


As a child did you strive to fit in? I did. Kids teased me because I couldn’t run and play the way they did. Today, I write children’s books to help build self-esteem, encourage sharing, helping others and teamwork. I also have written I book about a beautiful red horse named Charlene the Star, who doesn’t fit in because her friends have different talents. This is the first of the three children’s books in the “Charlene the Star” series.

Jessica Bird’s little girl, Nevaeh, was born with a birthmark called a “port wine stain” on her face. Nevaeh is five-years-old, but she never felt like she fit in. What did her mom do? She bought a doll and painted a stain on her face similar to Jessica’s. What did Jessica think? She loves the doll. Because of the simple, ingenious idea her mother had, now Jessica feels special. Don’t you think every child deserves to feel unique and gifted? I do. I’d like every child to know he or she has amazing abilities. If we all encouraged our children to find these skills and develop them, can you imagine how happy they’d be?

My parents always reminded my sisters and I we all had different skills, but no one is good at everything. For example, My sisters are excellent with anything requiring good coordination like driving a horse van or tractor. Besides, they learned any skill quickly. On the other hand, it took me much longer to learn those types of things. But while one of my sisters is an accomplished artist, I studied singing instead. Whatever I draw makes people laugh because they wonder what it is. So remember to celebrate your child’s skills, no matter what they are. Remind them anything is possible if you persevere.

for more on Nevaeh’s story follow this link:

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/mom-draws-birthmark-on-doll-face-to-match-daughter/

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne