Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Books Blog today!
It’s a Monday and that can make you feel a little blah, but it can also be exciting as you think about starting a brand new week with all sorts of possibilities out in front of you!
That’s what I hope you’ll feel while reading this post from a wonderful children’s author, Elaine Bourret.
I love a rhyme and Hector the Inspector is just fun to say!
So, here’s Elaine to tell us about her books.
Take it away, Elaine…
Just over two years ago, I awoke from a dead, dreamless sleep with the picture of a little, red-headed boy in an much-too-big trench coat and the words, “Hector the Inspector and the Quest for Kindness” taking up all of the little brain space I have left. I instantly knew who Hector was as a character: a sensitive, introverted, child who needed to face the often-overwhelming world around him by learning to look for the good amidst the noise.
Initially, I was going to go back to sleep and think about it later, but I couldn’t. So, I picked up a pen and paper and wrote down that first title (which has since become the second), and then more titles just flowed unexpectedly out of my pen. By the time I was finished, I realized I had a children’s book series in my hands. Totally unexpected. While I have always enjoyed writing and hoped to one day have the time to take on a meaningful writing project, I’d never thought about writing children’s literature. But, then, there was Hector, compelling me in this unexpected direction.
As I was writing, it became quite obvious that my draft of The Quest for Kindness was too long for an early elementary children’s book, so, out of necessity, I split it in two. Hector the Inspector introduces the reader to the main character, and Hector the Inspector and the Quest for Kindness begins his journey of looking for the good in the world. I kind of see Hector as a Mr. Rogers in training. He’s a gentle soul, but he’s still a kid and still figuring things out.
Because some of my older children thought some of my word choices were too advanced for young kids (I don’t know that I agree with them), I included a glossary in the back. Because Hector deals with some pretty big feelings, and I have experience with kids who have had to deal with pretty big feelings, I also included a glossary of feelings that come up in each story, as well as some suggested discussion questions to help parents and caregivers who might find them useful. Basically, there is a lot of back matter that is born either out of my English degree, love of education, many years of homeschooling my children, and/or my experiences with adoptive/trauma parenting.
My husband and I are the parents of six kids, ages 13-22. Some are biologically ours, and some are ours through adoption. If I have learned one thing through parenting and homeschooling my biologically diverse pack (until they reach the high school years), it’s that the nature vs. nurture debate is kind of silly. It is both. Every child comes with a basic personality (nature), and we, as the adults in their lives, have to help them identify and channel their strengths and temper and overcome their weaknesses (nurture); and, with our help and guidance, things that may seem to be weaknesses can become strengths.
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Thank you, Elaine, for sharing your fun, quality books with us that help to spread kindness in our world. Something we desperately need right now.
And thank you, my blogger friends, for reading my post today. I hope you will jump online and purchase both of Elaine’s books and share them with the children you love in your life today!
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