One of the favorite catch phrases of any good teacher or parent is “make the right choice.” It’s always a triumphant moment when our children or students make a wise decision independently, but more often than not, a teachable moment or a gentle review of the options enhances the learning experience.
Co-authors Leah Butler and Trudy Peters have joined forces to launch a series of picture books with the decision-making acumen of six through ten-year-olds in mind. Leah and Trudy, former magazine publishers, didn’t let moving to separate cities stop them from their shared goal of writing for children. They have co-founded Spencers Mill Press with the ambitious goal of creating a 26-book series much like a set of encyclopedias, with one book for each letter of the alphabet. Each story deals with a different moral, ethical, or personal dilemma that children in this age group face on a daily basis.
To date, two books have been completed; Andre’s Choice: In a Land of Opportunity, and Owen’s Choice: The Night of the Halloween Vandals. With the help of beautiful illustrations and a firefly named T. Winkie O’Toole, the protagonists are thrown into ethical dilemmas such as vandalism, bullying, cheating, changing schools and telling the truth. Through an interactive format the reader has the opportunity to choose how the book will end and consider the consequences of that choice through a set of follow-up questions.
In an era when too many books blur the borders between right and wrong, who can argue against teaching the right choice at an early age?
Leah spends time reading in various schools around Charlotte, and can be contacted through their website http://spencersmillpress.com/aboutus.htm.