Hello Lovely Readers, and welcome back to the Kid Lit Village blog. Thanks for stopping by. Just reminding you that Mondays are for newly released books and author/illustrator interviews so I hope you’ll come back regularly. Today I’m happy to feature a new book called WHOO WHOO’S OUT THERE?by K.M. Waldvogel and Jayden Ellsworth published by Orange Hat Publishing, 2021.
Baby Owl’s fears increase with each night sound and sight. How will he survive in such a scary world? Mama Owl reassures him that he will learn about life as he grows and she will watch over him until he is ready to soar on his own. “You, my child, will always be in my heart. Now and forever.”
The story centers on love and the bond that develops between child and parent.
Welcome to the Kid Lit Village blog, Kathleen.
Thanks for spending some time with us today.
Q. Please tell us why you write books for children.
A. I absolutely love writing for children. They have a natural curiosity about the world around them and they thirst for knowledge of that world. I want to write stories that pique this curiosity and encourage them to learn more.
As a former educator, I feel it’s important to encourage children’s imaginations and foster a love of reading, but I also hope my writing brings a smile to their faces and their hearts.
I’m also an educator and I believe that teaching and writing books go well together. Many writers are also teachers or former teachers.
Q. Tell us about the inspiration for your book or the story of how your book came to be.
A. It was spring in Arizona. In the area where I lived, there were several newborn owls in nests and the mother owls were always close by, watching and protecting their young. The wide eyes of the owlets seemed to portray an uncertainty, concern for their surroundings.
It reminded me of young children and how new sights or unfamiliar sounds caused a similar look in their eyes. I felt it was a natural story to write about parental love and the maternal instinct to reassure young ones. I hoped to capture this child-parent bond and love.
Watching baby animals in spring is such a delight!
Q. What part of being a writer do love most?
A. There’s so much to love about being a writer. When I write, it’s as though the rest of the world is paused. I get to create a setting, characters, and a story that I want to share with others. I’m able to immerse myself in the world that I create and, for a time, live in that world. I want my readers to be able to do the same.
I enjoy creating stories that make young readers smile. I love reading my works to children and seeing their reactions, watching their faces light up. I can see the connection between their hearts and my words. There’s a joy that can’t really be described when that happens.
I’m sure many readers will smile at this book, Kathleen.
Q. What do you hope that readers will gain from your book?
A. I hope that readers gain a sense of joy and contentment as they read my books. I want the stories to stay with them and make them think about how they can share this feeling of joy. When they are done reading, I want them to say, “I liked that. Let’s read that again.”
Yes! That request for a second read is so wonderful. And that’s what helps children learn. I hope readers will look out for this new book. Thank you for sharing your time with us today, Kathleen.
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