children’s books:Use your experiences

What should you do if you want to write children’s books,but you can’t think of an idea? One thing you might like to do is use your own experiences. That’s exactly what Christopher Yao did to help change the world. Christopher had what is called an under jaw bite and he was told that he needed corrective surgery. Christopher found a doctor who was able to fix  his condition without the painful, expensive surgery he dreaded. Christopher began thinking of ways he could help kids with problems worse than his. What was Christopher’s idea? In 2007,  he held the first Smile Train Read-A-Thon.  The Smile Train offered free surgery to children with cleft palates and other deformities of the mouth and jaw. He went to schools and libraries to do fundraisers. The result was amazing. Christopher decided he, “Couldn’t stop there. I had seen the power of youth to create real-world change. These problems that I began to realize existed in society inspired me to begin Kids Change the World with the mission to leverage the power of youth to make an impact on the lives of children around the world.” After that, Christopher set up an online program to educate children around the world. He offers hundreds of videos to teach children  different skills. He even offers programs for children who want to start their own charities, or websites. Christopher began all of these wonderful things when he was only 10 years old. He certainly is an example of someone who used his own experiences to help others.

How do you know if you have good subjects for your children’s books? Write what you know. For example, I grew up with horses,so I’m comfortable writing about them. In my fictional children’s books Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, I aim to engage young readers by having the animals tell the story. They have exciting adventures, while they work together to solve problems. The first of my children’s books, award-winning Tails of Sweetbrier, is a true story. It’s my story of overcoming obstacles to make my dream come true. It’s the winner of the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards contest. It will show you that anything is possible if you never give up on your dreams.


copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014





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Comments & Responses

10 Responses so far.

  1. Sarah Mazor says:

    Amazing young man!
    Thank you for sharing, Deanie. Young kids like Steven Yao, a great achiever and a fine role model, should be celebrated.
    Great post.

  2. Janice Spina says:

    What a wonderful young man with a vision. He will accomplish great things in his life starting at age of ten. Amazing and commendable! May there be more fine young men like Steven out there.

  3. Sherry Ellis says:

    What a terrific young man! Smile Train is a wonderful organization to help.

  4. Carla Burke says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful story Deanie!

  5. Murees Dupé says:

    Christopher is a great young man to have accomplished all he has. Very inspiring indeed. Thank you for sharing this story.

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