Today I’m hosting a guest post for the book tour for children’s books “The Monster on Top of the Bed”.
Children’s Books that Feature Heart-to-Heart Communication
If you were to ask me to describe my non-fiction and fiction, I would tell you that I write to entertain and empower, and in that order. That’s because no one is empowered by writing that does not intrigue them. But, as I’ve been thinking about the family of books and resources that center around my picture book, The Monster on Top of the Bed, I’ve come to realize that for my children’s writing, I do much more—I actively encourage children to discover my most cherished values and philosophies. Discover is a key word for me. I don’t try to teach, I strive to help children to come to their own conclusions. I do this because once a child takes ownership of a solution, it works for them. I use a variety of formats because different children learn in different ways, and I want to make certain that my messages get through.
I’ve implemented this philosophy in a variety of ways which include:
- Offering a companion book, My Monster on Top of the Bed, in which children write their own story. As they write the story, they develop a solution to one or more vexing problems. Once a child takes ownership of a solution that they espouse in their story, they believe their solution—and issues like having night fears or not knowing how to make a good friend just melt away.
- Combining the companion book and the base book in The Monster on Top of the Bed—Creative Edition, where the child writes their story in the front of the book and the story that I wrote follows it.
- It’s well known that there are some children who learn better by reading and some who learn better with audio stimulation. I’ve addressed this readers can download an audio book version that reads the story in English, Spanish and Italian. Page turning sounds are included so that children who can’t read yet know when to turn the page. They are also useful for children and adults who are reading the English version and listening to the story in Spanish, or Italian. Or, they can buy the book in a CD/booklet combination.
- Increasingly, children are gravitating toward electronic books. Oh, they still love a regular book that they can hold and write in, but many children like to read a book on a device just as a tablet, phone or Kindle. I’ve made the books available in a Kindle format that can be used on any device with a free Kindle app. And, there are special features which intrigue children. These include pop-up text, which makes the words easy to read, even on a small phone, and text-to-speech which reads the story on Kindle Fire. When a child double-clicks on a page and words pop up, they are often thrilled, and will read and read the book just because it is fun. Also, they like being able to go between the electronic version and the paperback version of the book. This is especially true when they are shopping with a parent and bored. When Mom whips out her phone and hands her son or daughter the phone with a story that they love to read on it, children are entertained.
- I’ve encouraged teachers to create activity books based on my work. One such book is by Becky Castle, The Barefoot Teacher, and will soon be available for purchase on the site TeachersPayTeachers.com. It contains 57 pages of interesting things to do that reinforce the messages of my book. For example, there are many colors where you color in pictures, and use the pictures that you’ve colored to learn to count. Children are encourage to count carrots and Karrits. (Karrit is the loveable “monster.)
It takes a lot of work to create these different modalities, but I feel that it’s worth it because each way gives me a different way to connect with a child’s heart. I also like the fact that the books, audio books don’t have to be used separately. They all work together to make an exciting experience for a child, several siblings or in a classroom.
Also, a number of parents have told me that they are making videos of their children writing their own story in My Monster on Top of the Bed, and will be sharing it on their blogs and YouTube. For parents who feel comfortable with this strategy, I think it’s great—it gives a child a point of pride, something to brag about.
About The Book
Author: Alan H. Jordan
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Once upon a time there was a little girl named Suzy, who used to jump up and down on her bed having just a great time. This scared a young critter named Karrit who lived under Suzy’s bed and he wanted her to be his friend. Still, Suzy ate strange things like cakes made out of pans (pancakes) and the toes of toemays (tomatoes) and—he couldn’t believe it—he heard her talk about eating something truly horrendous.
One day Karrit heard Suzy tell her mother that she was lonely and needed a friend. Because of that Karrit decided to visit Suzy. At first Suzy was afraid of Karrit, who had red, scaly legs, and a blue nose. But Suzy noticed that Karrit seemed scared of her too. So, Suzy treated Karrit the way that she would want to be treated if she had gone to his house.
As they grew to know each other, Suzy figured out why Karrit was afraid of her, and she was sorry to have scared him. She showed him a hotdog (she didn’t eat dogs that were hot) a tomato (she didn’t eat the toes of matoes) and a carrot (she definitely didn’t eat Karrits).
Suzy made Karrit feel that she liked him, and that she wanted him to be happy. Because of that, they kept getting to know each other better until one day they both realized that they didn’t have to be afraid of each other, and that it was a mistake for each of them to think of the other as a “monster.” Suzy and Karrit became best friends, and neither was afraid of monsters again.
Alan Jordan writes poetry, spiritual books, self-help books, childrens’ books and business books. He’s working on a comic mystery and a thriller that are scheduled for release in 2016. His Kindle books , I Am Here, Dad; Can You Feel Me, Mom?; and Zoey’s Letter to a Soul, contain full color photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory with hyperlinks so that when you click on the links you go right to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) web page that provides full details about the picture.
His children’s book The Monster on Top of the Bed was written to pass on his strongest beliefs and values to a grandchild, just in case he should pass away before my daughter got pregnant and had a child.
Watch some videos that explain the advantages of “The Monster n Top of the Bed”: http://monbed30.max-opp.com/videos/for-kids-and-parents/