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Berkeley High SchoolClass of 2023Berkeley, California
- "Question: Can a student write and publish a children's book that demonstrates an effective way to teach problem-solving skills?" with mentor Susan (Sept. 10, 2022)
Question: Can a student write and publish a children's book that demonstrates an effective way to teach problem-solving skills?
Started Mar. 9, 2022
Abstract or project description
It is essential to have books early on in a child's life that instill positive messages and influence kind and self-directed behavior. While reading to kids at a local elementary school, I noticed that the books that did this were often not engaging and students would lose focus easily. I wanted to approach this issue by writing a book that was exciting and fun for kids to listen to. This children's book is meant for children ages 5 to 6 and as such, the central character, Lola, is also 6. The book will follow Lola who loses her pink sparkly tutu and goes on a mission to find it in San Fransico. On this adventure, she encounters the problem of another little girl who had found her tutu and is using it to dance. Lola overcomes this by conversing with the little girl and making an exchange of ballet slippers for her tutu. This storyline teaches the lesson that kids can solve issues by making a plan, speaking confidently but thoughtfully to others, and knowing that they are capable of solving the problems they face. To help with keeping the story interesting I will also have colorful mixed-media illustrations for children to look at while reading. I will test if this book is captivating and thought-provoking for kids by reading them the book at a local elementary school. Further, so that my book can make a larger impact I will self-publish it on amazon so that people from all over the world can have access to it.