Why I Do This

So, why did I decide to write a book?

Well, since I began working with kids, I’ve loved making up stories to tell them. I don’t remember all the specifics, but I know this started when I was working in an afterschool program as a senior in high school.

I and another co-worker were responsible for planning activities for about 20 to 30 children. One day, to mix things up, I told a small group of them a story that I made up on the spot. It must’ve been decent because, eventually, more and more kids were asking me to tell them stories.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that some of those stories were duds. But the beautiful thing is that kids have no filter, so they had no problem letting me know if my story was trash. Immediate feedback is great, isn’t it?

I also ventured into scary stories a little bit, but after a parent told me that one of my stories gave her kid a nightmare, I knew what I had to do…I made sure that kid wasn’t around when I told scary stories.

Just kidding.

Actually, I decided that I’d rather make kids laugh than scare them (although, I did toss in a thriller every now and then). In a world where screens rule the lives of many of our children (and adults), I think it’s fairly obvious that their imagination has taken a hit.

When I told stories, I made sure that I was as engaging as possible. I used hand motions, changed my voice, moved around, and sometimes had props to keep their attention. Kids love that stuff.

So, again, why did I decide to write a book? Well, it’s quite simple.

If you’re an adult, I want you to buy a copy (or two) for yourself or a child you know and reawaken that imagination. If you’re a kid…I want you to find the nearest adult, grab onto their leg, and beg that person to get it for you as quickly as possible.

Either way, you won’t be sorry.

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