Today I have the children’s book author, Anita Kovacevic, here to talk about her book Spikes for Hank. Take it away, Anita!
Having over 20 years experience in teaching and storytelling with children and adults, I know very well that children need to be involved in a story while it is read, and what helps them relax and open their minds and hearts up in that reading niche is having someone they trust ask the right questions at the right time. Sometimes adults who read the stories with children need a little help in that department – some of them don’t realize talking to kids while reading is a good thing, whereas others know it is good, but lack ideas for questions.
Therefore, just like all my children’s books, Spikes for Hank also contains simple illustrations and questions after each chapter to help both children and adults enjoy themselves, using the story as starters of more conversations, developing empathy and strengthening children’s problem solving skills. These questions do not interrupt the flow of text, but follow each chapter, and one does not need to read them to be able to follow the story line.
The book also contains riddles and colouring pages in the final chapters.
Everyone always talks about the magic that happens when a child reads a book or hears the story. I love it, too.
But you want to know what my favourite moment is?
It is when children finish reading the story and step out of it, bringing the magic with them into the real world. When they finish Alice in Wonderland and realize there is always more than one way of looking at the world. When they read The Little Prince and know the box can contain anything you wish – it is all up to us.
There are so many stories which can empower us all to be better and stronger versions of ourselves. May we all find them and spread that magic to the world.
From the Foreward:
We are all born with some part of ourselves we don’t especially like. In fact, sometimes we hate it and wish we were different.
But with time, and a little help from our friends and family, we all discover we are as we are for a reason, and each of us is special and unique in our own way.
Sometimes, quite often in fact, what we thought our weakness turns out to be our most prized possession. Would it not be a dull world if we were all the same?
Children’s Book Author
Spikes for Hank – ebook https://tinyurl.com/y8np4as5 ppb https://tinyurl.com/y86wkq56
Winky’s Colours – ebook https://tinyurl.com/yb5a76wx ppb https://tinyurl.com/yask4nhy
Mimi Finds Her Magic – ebook https://tinyurl.com/y8tmw9nc ppb https://tinyurl.com/y7a7oe8y
The Good Pirate – ebook https://tinyurl.com/y9dejlha ppb https://tinyurl.com/y77htxrg
An Athology: A Treasure Chest of Children’s Stories – https://tinyurl.com/y87oh7bd