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Children’s books: celebrations

If you love children’s books that celebrate our abilities, you should be commended.  Why do I say that? Some people seem to dwell on a child’s disabilities, instead of the incredible talents they have. For example, Lainey Frederickson is a senior in Norman High School in Oklahoma. She has special needs.  Recently Lainey’s team was playing against the Norman North team, their arch-rivals.

The crowd cheered wildly when the coach called Lainey to make the final shot.  The crowd roared “Lainey, Lainey. We want Lainey”  First, she gave the coach a hug.  Then she went to work. With one amazing swish, the ball flew into the net! Everyone on in the audience rushed onto the floor to cheer and embrace Lainey.

Later when Lainey was interviewed she was asked how it felt to win the final point. She said, “It was really loud and really fun.” Lainey’s Mom said, “It was awesome.” Wasn’t it fantastic that everyone celebrated Lainey’s abilities? You can see she’s an amazing young lady and her classmates adore her.

It doesn’t matter whether you love sports, basketball, or writing children’s books. I hope you use your talents to encourage others to reach for their dreams. My dad always said, “You never know what you can do until you try.” Sometimes things don’t go the way you hoped they would.  But if you persevere, you can accomplish remarkable things. My sisters and I were taught never to give up on our dreams. Don’t you think that’s great advice?

At the end of my award-winning children’s book, Tails of Sweetbrier, you’ll find this statement, “You have the power to make your dreams come true so reach for them and don’t accept anything less!”

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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