Good kid’s books: help others
You love writing good kid’s books with important lessons. One message you’d like your books to convey is that it’s important to use your talents to help others. Let’s consider Grace Lee-Niosi. How do you think she learned to value the benefits we often overlook? She volunteers two-thousand miles from home in a clinic in Nicaragua.
Grace’s mom has been involved in working at the clinic every summer for the past three years, so Grace began making a difference when she was just eleven years old. Isn’t that amazing? Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the world. Many people there can’t afford glasses to correct their vision. After the doctor completes his exam, Grace sorts through thousands of pairs of glasses until she finds the ones closest to the doctor’s prescription.
Grace has memories of her first trip to Nicaragua, when she was only eleven years-old. “I still remember boarding a bus with other volunteers on that first trip, driving three hours on a bumpy dirt road to the small town where we’d be working. I was fascinated by the view outside my window. Tiny run-down houses lined the road, all made of scrap metal and wood. I’d read of this kind of poverty, but I’d never seen it. Suddenly, it was everywhere I looked.”
“Grace is an integral part of the team; we couldn’t do the mission without her,” says Audrey Blondin, clinic co-director. “She is mature beyond her years—graceful, poised—and an asset to the entire mission. She is the youngest on the team age-wise, but certainly not professionally.”
Grace is planning to go again next year. “Every year we see improvements,” she says. “There is no greater feeling in the world than seeing the smile on a young child’s face. It makes all of the grueling hours worth it.”
Through Grace’s experiences at the clinic, she has learned to use her talents to help people. Are you looking for good kid’s books that show the value of helping others? Your child will love Charlene the Star and the sequel, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes. The animal characters have exciting adventures and find amazing ways to help others. These good kid’s books entertain your child and teach them important life lessons in an entertaining way.
Copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014