In today's society, it's important to remind children that, although we are different on the outside, we are very much alike on the inside.
Unfortunately, bullying has become a major problem in the United States. It's not only painful for children, but occurring at an increasingly young age. My books are meant to empower children to positively handle tough situations through their timeless messages.
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun teaches children to respect each other's differences while dealing with adversity with self-confidence and courage. The Juice Box Bully, written by Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy, shows children that strength can come in numbers. By encouraging community in Mr. Peltzer’s classroom, children help a new student learn the ropes.
Pink Tiara Cookies for Three, focuses on a subtle type of bullying. When teasing happens between friends, especially a group of three friends. My newest book, released in 2013, The Potato Chip Champ, is all about empathy. Empathy is what I believe to be the cure for our bullying epidemic.
In addition to speaking to children about empathy, I've taken another step towards early intervention by releasing my first baby board book, Spoonful of Sweetness. This book is for children from birth to preschool and is also available as a digital app.
The children's musical, Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun is under contract to be on stage in the fall of 2014. Stay tuned for details on my sixth book, due to be released in 2015.