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RWYK Podcast Featuring Children’s Book Author: Derek Taylor Kent
Hello ReadingWithYourKids family!!!
Today we have the pleasure to welcome back one of our favorite authors on the podcast. Derek Taylor Kent is the author of Kubrick’s Game, Scary School, and El Perro con Sombrero. Inspirational speaker. Husband of #1 best-selling inspirational speaker Sheri Fink. Derek has been a part of the ReadingWithYourKids podcast in the past and you guys loved listening to him so here we are back with Derek on the show!
Derek is joining us today to talk about his newly released middle-grade book “Principal Mikey” and Whimsical World, an empowering brand that brings joy, positivity, and wonders. Derek and his wife Sheri Fink create magical live experiences and merchandise with a message that every child and young adult is thrilled to own and every parent is proud to purchase.
Derek was kind enough to answer a few questions about his new book and what inspired him to write this book. Tune in now to join us on this fun journey into Principal Mickey!
Learn more about the Author
Derek Taylor Kent is an author and screenwriter based out Los Angeles, CA. His puzzle-thriller novel, KUBRICK’S GAME, was picked up by Evolved Publishing and was released fall of 2016. His popular book series, SCARY SCHOOL (written under pen name Derek the Ghost), won an award for Funniest Chapter Book of 2011 by Children s Literature Network and has become a favorite for middle-readers. Derek’s bilingual picture book EL PERRO CON SOMBRERO was released August 2015 through Holt/Macmillan and was a #1 best-selling new picture book. It continues to be a beloved and top-selling picture book.
His new picture book, COUNTING SEA LIFE WITH THE LITTLE SEAHORSE, was co-written with his wife, #1 best-selling author Sheri Fink, and teaches kids how to count while learning about life in the ocean.
Derek started writing children s books at the age of 15. His other book series include SIMON AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM and RUDY AND THE BEAST. He toured the nation with his one-man children s show, MICHAEL JORDAN S MAGIC SHOES, which he wrote and performed while attending UCLA s School of Theater.
Kent has also written and produced many children’s plays with sold-out runs at the Westside Playhouse and Culver City Public Theatre and has acted in many stage plays, musicals and films. He’s been a mentor at summer camps and children s programs, overseeing creative storytelling and dramatic arts.
Derek the Ghost (“author” of Scary School) is an eleven-year-old ghost who haunts the classrooms and hallways of Scary School, writing down all the spine-tingling often hilarious things that go on there. Despite his ghostly state, Derek still enjoys reading comic books and hopes to one day become a master ninja. If that doesn’t work out, he will continue to share the fun of this very special, very secret school, so all kids can experience the scariest school on earth. Derek the Ghost communicates through the first-time ghost whisperer Derek Taylor Kent, who is a writer and performer in Los Angeles, California.
More about Principal Mikey
A hilarious S.T.E.A.M. chapter book for fans of Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries, this heartwarming story is perfect for any 7-12 year old. Mikey McKenzie is an expert at using the scientific method to solve problems in his neighborhood and school. The only problem he can’t solve is that he’s just 10-year-old and nobody takes any of his ideas seriously. But everything changes when the kooky Principal Walker appoints him as the new school principal when she gets called away, much to the chagrin of the stern Vice Principal Sherman.
It’s a dream come true for Mikey to finally have the power to implement all his great ideas to improve the school. However, when the power goes to his head, the new job strains his relationships with his best friend and his sister he looks up to. On top of that, the district is threatening to close the underperforming school unless they ace the new standardized test. By the end, he’ll have to think outside the box to find solutions that will save the school and his most valued relationships. S.T.E.A.M. concepts: problem-solving, scientific method, educational technology, health/medicine, and social-emotional learning.
Click the Amazon link below to grab your copy today!
In this episode, You’ll find out
- Everything you need to know about Principal Mikey, main characters, storyline and all the plot twist and school drama that takes place in this entertaining middle-grade book.
- What inspired Derek to write for kids and what kind of messages he wants readers to take away from his books?
- More about Whimsical World, an empowering brand created by #1 best-selling authors and inspirational speakers, Sheri Fink and Derek Taylor Kent
- Exclusive sneak peek into some of the books Derek and Sheri Fink are currently working on?
Thanks for agreeing to this interview, Derek. We wish you all the best with Principal Mikey!
Where online can people find more about Derek and his books
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