Good kid’s books: yes you can!


Suppose you have always wanted to write good kid’s books, but things seem to be conspiring against you. You’ve gotten enough rejection letters to wallpaper your kitchen. Ideas don’t seem to pop into your head like they used to. Your notebook of ideas hasn’t had an entry in ages. Did you choose the wrong career? Let’s talk about the story of Kaitlin Windt. She loves the song, “Baba O’Riley.” It’s a great marching song, but Kaitlin doesn’t only love to listen to that song, she wanted to play  the flute in the band. But Kaitlin had a huge problem. She has a disease called Friedreich’s Ataxia, which combines Muscular Dystrophy, heart weakness, Diabetes, and Scoliosis all in one dreadful package. Most of the time, Caitlin must be in her wheelchair. Kaitlin’s spirit was the one part of her that was healthy and strong. Could her determination help her realize the dream of playing “Baba O’Riley in the band?  Kaitlin had been playing the flute since 5th grade, but she wanted the experience of playing in the Broadman High School Marching Band.Perhaps the coach, Mr. Ruggieri wouldn’t be willing to consider making Kaitlin’s dream come true. How could she possibly play in a marching band with her wheelchair? Fortunately for Kaitlin, Coach Ruggieri remembers seeing someone in a wheelchair play in the band years ago. He knew it was possible.  But he would need some adult volunteers to push Kaitlin’s chair for practice and performances. The coach’s daughter, Rachel, took time off from college to help out. Mrs. Bean, the booster club volunteer, also helped out. The very first performance was a challenge. The field was covered with slippery mud. Kaitlin’s chair nearly tipped over! But they all took the positive view. They figured if they could push Kaitlin’s wheelchair in those circumstances, anything is possible! Does Kaitlin have advice for other disabled kids? She said,” If you want to do something, don’t let your wheelchair stop you. Do it!”

Are you looking for good kid’s books that share the message, “yes you can?” if so, you’ll love Tails of Sweetbrier. Kayla dreamed of playing in the band, but I dreamed of becoming a champion equestrian. Tails of Sweetbrier inspires young readers by showing them that anything is possible if you never give up on your dreams.  It’s the winner of the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards contest. If you read it, I hope it becomes one of your favorite good kid’s books.

copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014

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  1. Sherry Ellis says:

    It just goes to show, determination can go a long way!

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