Children’s books; Need heroes


You’re  amazing children’s books need heroes. The heroes in your children’s books might have overcome fears. They may have even conquered a handicap. In my opinion, Parker Mantell is someone who should be hailed as  a hero. He has a speech impediment which causes stuttering. But in spite of this affliction, he gave an extraordinary speech to his fellow graduating students.  The reason I think Parker is a hero is that he worked diligently to overcome his fear of public speaking.  Here’s an excerpt from his commencement address:

“As a person who stutters, I could be no more certain that in this room and in this hall are thousands of people who are far more talented at public speaking than I am,” said Mantell in his speech. “At the same time, I could be no more certain that the message I have to share is one that must be heard.” He continued,  “Doubt, as has been observed, kills more dreams than failure ever will. Yet if doubt were to be a disease, its cure would be confidence. I am most proud to credit Indiana University with the confidence to apply for my various internships.”

Parker’s perseverance earned him internships with noted politicians: Governor Chris Christie, Congressman Eric Cantor, and Fox News. He is living proof that anything is possible if follow your dreams. He never let his fears take control.

If you want to write memorable children’s books be sure your characters are realistic. Kids will know that no one is perfect. It’s also helpful if your main character is about the age of your readers so they will connect. If your characters overcome challenges, your readers will cheer for them. They will feel happy about each victory and sympathize with every setback your character suffers. If you want to write great children’s books, never be paralyzed by your fears. Remember the inspiring example of Parker Mantell.

copyright 2014 DeanieHumphrys-Dunne

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4 Responses so far.

  1. Sarah Mazor says:

    Thanks for the inspirational post.
    Beautiful.

  2. Thank you Sarah. He really is an amazing person with a stellar attitude and future. Thanks for visiting. I love to read your comments.

  3. Sherry Ellis says:

    It’s nice to see people with handicaps overcome their obstacles and serve as inspirations.


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