Non-fiction books for kids:Move forward


What if you want to write non-fiction books for kids, but you’ve lost motivation? You’re stuck in one place. How about adopting the philosophy of Sam Berns?  Sam was an incredible young man, who recently lost his life-long battle with a rare disease called Progeria. It causes heart disease, stunted growth, and early aging.  Sam never let his disease limit him. He developed an outlook with 4  ideas.  Firstly, he wanted you to focus on what you can do, not moan about what you can’t. Sam was a musician and his dream was to play the snare drum in the marching band. The problem was, Sam only weighed 50 lbs, so it wasn’t possible for him to carry the usual apparatus that weighed 40  lbs.  He was told that he could not play the drums because of this problem. Sam wouldn’t accept that his dream was impossible. He and his parents had something designed especially for Sam so that he could play in the band. Sam  believed it’s important to surround yourself with people you enjoy. That would include your family, your friends, anyone whose company you like. Sam and his friends loved music and they learned to concentrate on the inner qualities of people. One of the ways that Sam coped with bad days that he had due to his illness was to “Keep moving forward.” He said sometimes he needed to be brave, but he learned to focus on something that would happen in the future that he relished. It could be playing drums, or his Boy Scout activities. It might be spending time with his friends.  it could be reading comics.Regardless, Sam always looked forward, never dwelling on the past. Finally, Sam’s philosophy included “Never missing a party if you can help it.”  Sam loved to celebrate. Even though Sam was in this world for just 17 years, think of the impact he’s had. There is a documentary called” Life According to Sam, about his views and challenges. He wanted to change the world. Don’t you think he did?

Sam always wanted to make the most of his life and follow his dreams. We all have dreams. Mine was to become a champion horseback rider, against the odds. I wanted to show that anything is possible if you persevere.  One of my non-fiction books for kids is  Tails of Sweetbrier, the story of my journey to become a champion. I love reading non-fiction books  for kids because they can inspire me.  I hope it becomes one of your favorite non-fiction books for kids and that it encourages you to do your best.

copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014

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8 Responses so far.

  1. Janice Spina says:

    Wonderfully inspiring young man with so much to give in such a short life. Thank you for sharing, Deanie.

  2. Sarah Mazor says:

    Deanie,
    I have seen Sam interviewed before he passed on. The most amazing young boy, so incredibly inspirational. So much we can learn from him, especially his determination to control his life rather than let his disability rule his days. Incredible.

    Thank you for bringing his story to more readers.

    Beautiful job, as always.

    • Thank you, Sarah. Sam really was extraordinary. He was able to influence so many people in his young life. I hope that even more people are inspired by his story. He was such an incredible role model for everyone.

  3. Sherry Ellis says:

    I love his attitude! I’m so glad he didn’t let his disabilities prevent him from following his dream!

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