Good children’s books: Set an example
If you’re writing good children’s books you probably want your characters to set an example. Maybe your main character confronted a bully. Perhaps your protagonist set an example by always being considerate to others. If you want a touching story of a young man who is the perfect model of kindness and consideration, think about the story of Austin Dennison. He’s a handsome nineteen year-old senior who attends Parkway High School in Rockford, Ohio. He could have chosen a lovely young lady from his class to be his prom date. But Austin had someone very special in mind to be his date, his great-grandma, Delores Dennison. Delores is 89 years old and suffering from the effects of a stroke and a heart condition. Delores, or Grandma DD, as Austin calls her, never had a chance to attend her prom. Grandma DD was raised by her grandparents. She may have dreamed of wearing a beautiful gown and dancing to her favorite songs by Frank Sinatra. But her family never could afford to send her to the prom. But her great-grandson, Austin had exciting plans for her. I asked her if she would be my prom date,” Austin told me. “How cool would it be to take my great-grandmother to prom?” Still, Delores was not convinced. ‘But are you sure that you wouldn’t like to take one of the young ladies who could get out there and do everything with you?’ He said no. I want you.” Finally Grandma DD agreed to be Austin’s date for the prom. They took extraordinary care to select a dress that she was comfortable with. She chose a lovely blue sparkly dress, just perfect for her. Delores received a beautiful pearl necklace from Austin even serenaded grandma and took her to one of her favorite places, Bob Evans. It was a night full of magic that was well worth the wait.
What may your readers learn from good examples? Good children’s books may contain valuable lessons of characters who overcome obstacles, or change for the better in some way. I hope my children’s book, Tails of Sweetbrier, sets a good example because it shows anything is possible if you persevere. It’s a good children’s book full of important lessons. It’s a true story about realizing your dreams, against the odds. if you’re looking for good children’s books that are fictional, your child would enjoy Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star or Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes. The fictional stories are told from the animals’ point of view, so they’re entertaining and educational.
copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, 2014