Ever since I started this blog, my intent has been to write about hearing loss to inform and educate people about the challenges of the hearing impaired. I’ve also heard myself saying, “Someday I’ll write a book, too.” To date, I have written about 4 chapters of that book for adults, and I have finished another one for young children. Wouldn’t it be great for parents, and educators, to have a conversation starter (my new book), to help young children begin to understand that my hearing aids really aren’t ear buds to listen to music? (Talk about “shaking my head!”) I am patiently waiting for my second children’s picture book to be copyrighted.
In the meantime, my first children’s picture book, is back on a website and available for sale. I guess you could call it my debut into becoming an author. The title of that book is The Cat in theTub by Ms Barb, Bub, and this is how it developed over about 5 years:
I have been teaching at a private preschool for over 6 years, working with 4 year old children getting them ready to enter Kindergarten the next academic year. Every March, we teach a Literature unit. I enjoy teaching the children about nursery rhymes, and of course, we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Who doesn’t love The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, right? (I have even dressed up in costume and visited them, as “The Cat in the Hat.” It’s a lot of fun!)
About 4 years ago, my director came into my class one Friday morning to show me a photograph on her camera of an adorable gray tabby. “Would you be interested in adopting her?” You guessed it, I brought her home that night. My family and I quickly learned that this kitty was “especially silly,” as she enjoyed playing with all sorts of “interesting things” around the house. Ever since she was very little she’d play with water. First, I had to buy her a weighed dog dish, so she’d stop knocking over the water bowl. And, she’d play with rubber bands (don’t worry they were the thick ones) and drop them into her water bowl, just so she could enjoy fishing them back out of there! Then, she discovered how fun it was to “visit mom” while she (Yes, me!) was taking a bath. Oh my goodness! I began taking photographs of her shinnanagins in the bathroom, and I made the comment, “I don’t have ‘The cat in the hat,’ I have ‘The cat in the tub.’ And from there the idea just grew. As I played with rhyming text, and made several drafts of the book, my students really encouraged me to get it copyrighted, and self-published. I’m so glad I did!! Their joy ever since they have bought a copy of the book, (and before) has been worth all the hard work to publish it. You know the saying, “It is more blessed to give, than to receive?” It is really true! Many adorable responses!!
Interestingly, yesterday I had an opportunity to travel to New York City and I visited this exhibit in the New York Public Library:
An educator I have always enjoyed sharing good literature with children, and now my dream is to create books that enrich vocabulary as well as entertain children, as their literacy skills develop. I pray more and more families realize how important it is to make time in their schedule to read to their children on a daily basis. Believe me, as a parent I know how busy life gets, but we always took time to read to our son.
A young adult friend of mine recently wrote this, when she saw the link to this exhibit on my Facebook page:
“Yes children’s books and reading to children matter a lot! I read because my parents spent a lot of time reading to me. They would hold the book and let me see and follow along. When reading Hop on Pop it finally clicked that those symbol things matched the words I was hearing. It was a great moment! fast-forward a few decades and I have 1,000+ books I love so much I carried them across the continent!”
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