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RWYK Podcast Featuring Debut Children’s Book Author: Elizabeth Gerlach
Hello ReadingWithYourKids family!!!
Today we have the pleasure of bringing you yet another author interview with a first-time author Elizabeth Gerlach, a mom, wife, marketer, furniture refinisher, and most recently fundraiser and children’s book author.
Elizabeth is joining us today to talk about her newly released children’s book Ben’s Adventures: A Day at the Beach. She was inspired to develop the Ben’s Adventures series as a tribute to her son Benjamin who was living with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. Elizabeth wrote this book to allow him to live on and share that even though his short life was a struggle, he was a little boy first … with friends, dreams, and a love for his family and his life. This book shows that everyone can have an adventure. And despite medical and physical differences, all kids can play and dream.
Elizabeth was kind enough to answer a few questions about her book and life experiences as Ben’s mother and what inspired her to write this book. Tune in now to join us on this fun journey into Ben’s imagination!
More about Elizabeth Gerlach
Elizabeth Gerlach is a triplet mom, fundraiser, marketer, and most recently children’s book author with her first book “Ben’s Adventures: Beach Day”. Ben’s Adventures is inspired by her late son Benjamin who had significant needs. She wanted to show that despite medical or physical differences, all kids can play and dream.
Gerlach and her husband also established the Ben Smiles Memorial Foundation, a fund dedicated to making adapted toys and other important devices more accessible for special needs families. (www.BenSmiles.org).
Originally from Virginia, Gerlach is a southerner at heart but currently lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and Ben’s triplet brother and sister.
More about Ben’s Adventures: A Day at the Beach
Ben can’t walk and he can’t talk, but he can use his imagination to have amazing adventures! Today he is at the beach flying with a kite, counting crabs and building a sandcastle. Benjamin shows us that despite physical or medical differences, all kids can play and dream! This book is based on a real-life adventurer named, Benjamin Robert Gerlach. Ben loved being outside with the sun on his face and the wind in his hair. He was a triplet, brother, son, friend, student, and churchgoer.
He was also a young boy living with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. But this didn’t define him! He loved toys, noises, movement, his preschool class, his brother and sister, and his mommy and daddy. He had many challenges in his short life but lived each day with a smile on his face. After a two-year fight with multiple respiratory illnesses, Ben lost his battle. This book is dedicated to Ben with great hope that it shows that everyone deserves to have an adventure. And despite physical or medical differences, all kids can play and dream!
Click the Amazon link below to grab a copy of this fun adventure. A portion of book sales will support Elizabeth’s foundation @ben.smiles, dedicated to giving #switchadapted #toys and other devices to kids with motor or other diagnoses. Order it today and be a part of this wonderful cause!
In this episode, we asked Elizabeth the following questions
- More about Ben’s Adventures, the title character, What he loved doing the most?
- What inspired Elizabeth to write and turn her real-life story into a children’s book?
- Was becoming a writer something she always dreamed of?
- What do Elizabeth most want readers to take away from Ben’s Adventures
- What‘s coming up next for Elizabeth and much more.
Thanks for agreeing to this interview, Elizabeth. We wish you all the best with Ben’s Adventures!
Where online can people find more about Elizabeth and her book
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