As Wendy LaGuardia was raising her own two children, she noticed that some of her children’s peers believed that they could conquer the world, while others were nervous about taking the next step. After conducting her own research and through her personal experiences, it became clear to her that there was a strong correlation between achievement and self-confidence / self-esteem.
Stories that build confidence and esteem, such as ‘The Little Engine That Could,’ give children something to think about in addition to looking at the illustrations. As we all remember, that little blue engine thought he couldn’t make it over the mountain. But he kept saying to himself over and over again, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” Then, the little blue engine finally made it over the mountain. Books like these promote self-confidence and determination in a very subtle and entertaining way.
As a parent and/or caregiver, you have the greatest privilege of teaching, guiding, and raising our children. Children’s books play a big part. They have a big impact on how and what children think about. They help, in part, shape their thinking.
Making a Kid Feel Special...
Helps parents instill the qualities that are critical to their children’s success and happiness in life.
Wendy is an insurance and technology executive by trade. She received a Bachelor of Arts from William Paterson University and a Computer Programming degree from the Chubb Institute of Computer Technology. Wendy continues to emphasize the importance of self-esteem and self-confidence by instilling a spirit of “all things are possible” when speaking with children and young adults.
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Patricia Keeler has illustrated many published children's books such as:
Thank You, Angels (Hay House, 2007)
Drumbeat In Our Feet (Lee & Low, 2006)
African Dance (Lee & Low, 2005)
Car Wash (Lee & Low, 2004)
A Huge Hog is a Big Pig (Greenwillow / Harper Collins, 2002)
Unraveling Fibers (Atheneum Books / Simon and Schuster, 1995)
Looking Inside (Atheneum / Simon and Schuster, 1991)
Patricia has also created a variety of illustrations for magazines, posters, and educational projects with Scholastic GO! Magazine, Skipping Stones Magazine, BrainWorx Studio, Pearson Publications, Victory Productions / Scott Foresman, and Techbooks / GTS / Scott Foresman.
Patricia lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband Francis McCall, photographer and writer. Before coming to Hoboken, she worked in newspaper advertising and was Art Director for PBS Television in Richmond, Virginia.
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