Whenever a Child is Born + Giveaway
Book Title: Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 30 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: WestBow Press
Release date: July 2017
Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook
Content Rating: G for everyone.
In his 2014 homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily mass to be like children who pay attention to their "traveling companion. No one journeys alone, and no one should think that they are alone.
"According to Church tradition," the pope said, "we all have an angel with us, who guards us . . . It is what God said: 'I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not be alone.'"
In this children's book, angels wait anxiously and with great excitement to see which one of them will be chosen to be the guardian angel of a child that is to be born. This delightful book depicts the joy of all God's creations anticipating the birth of another precious child. The sun shines brighter, the moon has a shinier glow, flowers grow taller, birds tweet more sweetly, and angels dance and sing with bliss, as all creation awaits another baby girl or boy.
Whenever a Child Is Born offers the perfect message for parents as it charmingly tells the story of how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born. The story comforts parents with the knowledge that their baby is a special gift from heaven to them, and that they will never be alone raising their child, and that their child will never ever be alone in life.
Parents never worry. No one journeys alone through life because whenever a child is born, he is given a guardian angel.
I loved everything about this book. The story, the illustrations, and the font as well. When I am reading a children's book, I am looking for the following criteria:
Is the story a good one
Are the pages too "busy"
Can the targeted reader read the book by themselves with minimal assistance
I am happy to report that this book met all of these criteria points. The story was a lovely one. The illustrations were simple, fun, bright, and not too busy, and young readers could read this book by themselves. There were not a lot of "big" words. The font made it simple to read.
I would recommend this book to young readers. Although, this is a book that the whole family with enjoy reading together.
Nancy Diedrich was born and raised in South Louisiana, where storytelling was not just an art form, but an authentic way of communicating. Everyone had a tale to tell! This was, more than likely, where her love of communication developed. With undergraduate degrees in English and speech, and graduate degrees in psychological counseling, Nancy learned that words can educate; they can entertain; they can inspire and they can heal. In Nancy’s career, she has been a teacher, a counselor and an author, where the power of words always guided her in interaction with her students, clients and readers. Nancy’s value for genuine communication extends beyond her career, to the anchors of her life, which are her faith, her family and her friendships.
Whenever A Child Is Born is Nancy’s first published children’s book. In it, the reader gets a glimpse of this author’s compassion for family, and her gift of faith, as the story tells how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born.
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Why Write for Children?
I write Children’s Fiction because I love the imagination of a child. They can be so creative and inventing, that writing for them gives me an opportunity to hatch my own visions and dreams.
Because children seem to think with more whim and fancy than adults, developing a storyline for a young child gives me an avenue for more originality and ingenuity.
Writing for children offers me the option to use more innocent humor, dreams, desires and quaintness in my style. I love creating images and narratives that cause a child to daydream of their hopes, wishes and fantasies.
It is gratifying for me to write for children, where storylines can entertain, as well as, inform curious young readers. I believe this genre offers children an opportunity to fall in love with reading for the first time through captivating words and vivid illustrations. I also appreciate the idea that children’s books display morals, values and social skills to children, in addition to strengthening their reading and cognitive skills.
I believe children’s authors have a profound responsibility to each child who reads their books. In addition to entertaining and informing children with storylines and illustrations, the author who chooses to write for children must offer each child that opportunity to fall in love with reading; they should inspire a child to be creative and imaginative, as well as, strengthen the child’s social and developmental skills. I take this responsibility very seriously, as I try not only write for a child’s entertainment, but also to inform and strengthen a child’s positive attitude, outlook on life, and self-image.
Whenever I am asked to read to children at a school, a library, or an Author Visit, I bring lots of posters and displays, but my best banner always takes center stage. It has one of my favorite quotes for children on it. In very large letters, it says:
“TODAY A READER; TOMORROW A LEADER”
I believe that, and that is why I write for children.
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