Allow me to introduce to you...Katie Grace, a bouncy, bright, yet sensitive seven-year-old girl who in many ways resembles my own daughter. She is the main character in a new series of children's books that I am working on.
|This is a rough sketch of Katie Grace and her friend. The illustrator, I Ketut Suraksa is a teenager who lives at the children's home where I work in Bali.|
As it turns out, after thirty days I ended up with four small books that comprise the start of a series for early readers.
As Katie Grace experiences the everyday trials and challenges of first grade, her parents help her find her way through the problems. In the first four books, they use some of the parables of Jesus, told in a child-like manner, to guide her to a good response.
Along with Katie Grace, children can discover:
- the importance of being kind to those that are different, even when it is hard
- why we need to avoid having a "me first" attitude
- that even when we mess up big-time, God's love never gives up on us AND
- that when we say we will do something, we need to keep our word.
- Katie Grace doesn't shout everything she says.
- She isn't allowed to call other people names, although at some point, there may be a book that deals with that issue.
- I haven't decided yet if she will use incorrect grammar. Perhaps she will, but mostly when she is upset about something. (Parents, do you have any preference on this point?)
- These first four books, at least, have an overt Christian emphasis with the use of the parables. I haven't decided if that type of direct emphasis will continue in subsequent books or not. (Any thoughts?)
Speaking of ebooks, at this point, I have one book for adults published on Amazon. I am planning to publish the Katie Grace books on multiple platforms. I am curious to know what platforms potential readers use for ebooks.
I hope that the first Katie Grace books will be a good way for kids to learn about life. And...I hope they will be just plain fun.
I welcome any input you may have as I shape this series into something that will be fun, and a blessing to kids and their families. Please feel free to give me feedback in the comment section. What would you like to see in a series for your young children? What do you find in some series that you don't like so much. Any other thoughts are welcome.