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Meet the Debut Children’s Book Author: Laura Knight
Hello everyone! Our special guest today, is the self publishing author Laura Knight. We’re happy to have an opportunity to sit down with Laura and discuss everything about Spot: A Sea Pup’s Survival Guide. Spot is a great picture book with captivating pictures by illustrator Aarin Stewart and photography by Richard Salas.
Laura’s book teaches kids about the sea animals and how kindness matters to all. This book has a simple message: “Be kind to the planet. Be kind to each other.” It follows the story of a baby sea lion who gets tangled in trash and rescued by humans.
Listen in to learn more about SPOT, Where did Laura get the idea for her book, Benefits of reading her book with children, reader expectations and reactions to her work, her passion, her future projects and other fun facts about her book. So get your cup of coffee ready, and let’s get started!
Here’s more information about Laura knight
Author, Laura Knight, knows a few things about sea life. She’s a surfer, animal lover, and volunteers at beach cleanups every month along the coast of Southern California. As a child, she attended a Science Magnet Elementary School in Los Angeles where the school curriculum exposed her to topics within Earth and Life Science.
The art of storytelling has always been Laura’s passion, hoping to inspire children to ‘be your best’ through heroic and unforgettable characters. She spent 15+ years as an accomplished Art Director in the toy industry, managing many popular children’s brands…yet, her fascination and appreciation for our planet was reignited after a visit to a Marine Mammal Rescue Center, where she witnessed the rehabilitation of a sea lion that was injured by ocean pollution.
Laura was then motivated to write a children’s book with the purpose of encouraging children to be responsible and care for our environment. She joined forces with her sister and friend to create a completely unique book that incorporates illustration and photography within a single storyline. “Spot: a sea pup’s survival guide” has become popular amongst teachers, children, and parents in Laura’s community and she is very proud to finally make it available via Amazon!
More about SPOT
Why is the ocean so important to this sea pup named “Spot”? This book has a simple message: “Be kind to the planet. Be kind to each other.” It follows the story of a baby sea lion who gets tangled in trash and rescued by humans. The back of the book includes a very basic teacher/parent guide to encourage conversations with children about a few themes: helping each other, recycling, and protecting our oceans and marine life. Why is this book so special? The main story is told with rhyming words. It includes a charming main character with an important lesson in ecology. Book features vibrant, playful illustrations, ocean photography & facts. Also, it has Lesson Plan Activities inside the book!
In this episode, we discuss
- More about Spot: A Sea Pup’s Survival Guide
- What her book is all about and the simple message it gives to young children
- What makes SPOT a great gift for young readers
- What are some of the things that will surprise children or parents after reading Laura’s book
- Laura explains how her website www.friendlyplanet.club provides a basic teacher/parent guide, to encourage conversations with children about a few themes: helping each other, recycling, and protecting our oceans and marine life
- Some great words of wisdom from a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.
A big thank you to Laura Knight for joining us and for sharing her story with us!
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You can learn more about Laura, her book and all the fun things on her website by visiting
Her website: http://www.friendlyplanet.club
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