Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Children's books: Use your own experiences

What should you do if you want to write children's books,but you can't think of an idea? One thing you might like to do is use your own experiences. That's exactly what Christopher Yao did to help change the world. Christopher had what is called an under jaw bite and he was told that he needed corrective surgery. Christopher found a doctor who was able to fix  his condition without the painful, expensive surgery he dreaded. Christopher began thinking of ways he could help kids with problems worse than his. What was Christopher's idea? In 2007,  he held the first Smile Train Read-A-Thon.  The Smile Train offered free surgery to children with cleft palates and other deformities of the mouth and jaw. He went to schools and libraries to do fundraisers. The result was amazing. Christopher decided he, "Couldn't stop there. I had seen the power of youth to create real-world change. These problems that I began to realize existed in society inspired me to begin Kids Change the World with the mission to leverage the power of youth to make an impact on the lives of children around the world." After that, Christopher set up an online program to educate children around the world. He offers hundreds of videos to teach children  different skills. He even offers programs for children who want to start their own charities, or websites. Christopher began all of these wonderful things when he was only 10 years old. He certainly is an example of someone who used his own experiences to help others.
What should you do if you are looking for a great subject for your children's book? You might use some of your own experiences to create a funny, or educational story. Maybe someone in your family has overcome a huge obstacle. You might create a story from that. Remember, you might think your life is boring,but other people  may see if differently. Think of the TV show, The Waltons, which was based on the true events of the Walton family. That's one example of what can be done when you explore your experiences to create children's books. You can change the world, like Christopher did. Are you ready to start working on your children's books now?
*This is reblogged from by new website: Amazing young people are highlighted there.
*picture from internet

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