When Daronte’s Father Went to Prison by Kimberly Ballou!

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A Heart-to-Heart with Kidlit Author Kimberly Ballou

Happy Saturday everyone! Today, we’re super excited to have an opportunity to have a conversation with Kimberly Ballou. Kimberly is a delightful, inspirational, and engaging author of an inspirational children’s book “When Daronte’s Father Went to Prison”. This is the first book to have earned the Reading With Your Kids Certified Great Read Status and we can’t wait to chat with Kimberly to know more about this heartwarming story. 

In this interview, we discussed Kimberly’s book, inspiration for her story, reader expectations and reactions to her work, her passion, and what exciting things she has planned for the rest of the year. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and enjoy the interview!

Here’s more information about Kimberly Ballou

When Daronte’s Father Went to Prison was written by Kimberly Ballou. Kimberly Ballou was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, the youngest of seven rambunctious children.  A bookworm from early childhood, Kimberly has an obsession to tell stories. That obsession led her to write her first play at age 9.  After graduating from Princeton University and spending years in the corporate world, she fled to the relative sanity of an urban classroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Her experiences in those classrooms, and the heartbreaking stories she heard from her students, drove her to write and publish “When Daronte’s Father Went to Prison.”

Kimberly now lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas with overflowing bookshelves filled with stories from all over the world.

More about When Daronte’s Father Went to Prison

Ten-year-old Daronte Williams likes basketball, playing video games with his father, and teasing his baby sister. His life changes drastically and unexpectedly one day when he stays home sick from school. He struggles to find his balance in an upside-down world. Can Daronte handle all the changes in his life, keep his family from falling apart, AND learn to accept some not-so-good things about his father? Can he uncover who he really is underneath all his sadness and anger? Only time–and new friendships–will tell.

In this episode

  • Kimberly discusses When Daronte’s Father Went to Prison & describes the main character Daronte Williams
  • Where did the idea for Kimberly’s book come from?
  • how When Daronte’s Father Went to Prison will help children understand and cope with their loved one going to jail
  • what kinds of conversation parents & a child can have after reading Kimberly’s book & much more….Be sure to tune in!

A big thank you to Kimberly Ballou for joining us and for sharing her  book & her passion with us!

If you haven’t already done so, listen to this episode & feel free to share it by using the social media buttons at the bottom of this page. We would LOVE if you could leave us a review on iTunes.

“When Daronte’s Father Went to Prison”  has earned 5 stars from us & we highly recommend this book to people of all ages!. Be sure to check our complete review by clicking here.

Finally, where can we find Kimberly & her book






Check out The Great Martini, A fun and touching story about Sam, a lovable but far from perfect magician who learns that the greatest transformation is transforming feelings of caring into action to help another human being. The Great Maritini, as an exclusive amazon e bookPlease click here to get your copy today.

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