I am a recently published author and am excited to share my work with students, teachers and parents. I taught first grade for eight years before beginning my own family. As a primary teacher, I spent a lot of time focusing on character education. I feel that teaching character education should start at a young age to foster social and emotional development. Teaching abstract concepts such as empathy, acceptance, respect etc., to young children is not easy, and I feel that children are best able to make connections through literature. During my time in the classroom, I noticed the need for more children’s literature to teach some of the more abstract concepts included in our character education curriculum. This was, in part, my inspiration behind writing my first book, Willy Goes to the Farm. Having my own children has given me the opportuntiy to recognize, as a parent, the importance of teaching these life lessons.
Willy the worm is the main character in the series of Willy books that teachers and parents can use to teach young children valuable life lessons about self esteem, empathy, fairness and other character education topics.
Willy begins his journey in the first book, Willy Goes to the Farm. He wants to live on Old MacDonald's farm but he doesn't make a sound. You've all heard the song. EIEIO. When he is asked to simply think of a special talent of his, he can't even think of one thing! He is invited to stay the night on the farm and is pleasantly surprised to find that the other animals actually envy him! Maybe being a worm isn't so bad after all. With the help of Mrs. Mac and the other animals, Willy discovers that even though he is different than the other animals,he does have a special talent!
Willy, the loveable and bighearted worm, is named after my dad. My hero. He has many of the same character traits as my dad Willy. Willy uses his experiences to help other animals on the farm. Throughout the series he offers his friendship and encouragement to all.
In the second book in the series, Willy Helps a Friend, Willy befriends a sad and lonely skunk on the farm. For some reason, none of the other animals want to be her friend. I bet you can imagine why! Can Willy convince the other animals to give Skunk a chance? Can the other animals find things they have in common with Skunk?
The third book in the series Willy Goes to School is in production now! When the animals start school they are upset that thier teacher, Mr. C., treats them all differently. It just isn't fair! When Mr. C. begins to treat them all the same, they learn an important lesson about the meaning of fair.