Good kid’s books: need imperfect characters
When you create good kid’s books, you need imperfect characters. Would kids connect with characters who were imperfect? Yes, because they realize that we all have shortcomings. We all have things we would like to improve, or to change. Sometimes we have obstacles that we can’t change, but we carry on. We inspire others by our actions. Consider Robby Novak, who was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which may also be called, “brittle bone disease.” That means if Robby falls, he can break his bones very easily. But instead of moping around, he has chosen to be a role model and public speaker at the age of 10. Isn’t that remarkable? Robby is often called “The Kid President” perhaps because of his ability to motivate others. He was able to get an interview with President Obama, Beyonce` and Josh Groban, just to mention a few. Robby was having trouble getting an interview with Josh Groban, so he asked his twitter followers to petition Josh and it worked! Robby makes videos every week which “make the world more awesome, ” as he puts it. Isn’t Robby a shining example of overcoming problems and using his talents to make the world a better place? Robby recently made a video in honor of two-year old Gabbi Cook, who is recovering from a liver transplant. Clearly, Robby has done wonderful things to “make the world less boring,” as he says.
As an author, I aim to create good kid’s books, which engage children. I’ve written an award-winning children’s book called Tails of Sweetbrier, about my journey from a handicapped child to a champion horseback rider. As you might guess, it’s a true story, which shows that all things are possible if you persevere. In the story, I shared my thoughts so readers could see I was imperfect adn had things to learn along my journey. This story won the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Award. I hope that if you read it, you’ll consider it one of your favorite good kid’s books.
Copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014