Kid’s books: don’t limit yourself

When we write kid’s books we often limit ourselves. We think we can’t reach our goals.  We put limits on ourselves because we doubt our abilities.We should look at the example of Jessica Giddens, who has Down’s Syndrome. It didn’t stop her from having a great four years at Lakeside High School in Georgia.  She wants to become an actress and playwright and has been involved in Drama at school.  Like  many other girls, Jessica dreamed of being chosen Homecoming Queen. Guess what? She  did it! How did Jessica feel about becoming queen? ” I’m so happy. I was jumping up and down. I love being queen.”

Everyone cheered for Jessica when the crown was placed on her head. Her dad was her escort for the big event. “I think this shows that any kid can achieve any goal if they put their minds to it.”  Jessica hugged everyone that night.

One of her friends,  Bailey Doss said,””Her disabilities don’t limit her, and there’s so much that she brings and she’s full of spirit and she’s just awesome to be around.”  Go Jessica, my bet is that many more of your dreams come true!

When I’m writing kid’s books, I try imagining what I’d like to say and what I’d like the result to be. I decide on the message I want to convey. Do I want to emphasize never giving up on your dreams?  That was the very important message in my  award-winning  kid’s book, Tails of Sweetbrier. It’s  a story that proves anything is possible. Tails of Sweetbrier is the winner of the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards.  If you read it, I hope it’s one of your favorite kid’s books.

copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014

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