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Book Title: Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 30 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: WestBow Press
Release date: July 2017
Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook
Content Rating: G for everyone.
In his 2014 homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion. No one journeys alone, and no one should think that they are alone.
“According to Church tradition,” the pope said, “we all have an angel with us, who guards us . . . It is what God said: ‘I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not be alone.'”
In this children’s book, angels wait anxiously and with great excitement to see which one of them will be chosen to be the guardian angel of a child that is to be born. This delightful book depicts the joy of all God’s creations anticipating the birth of another precious child. The sun shines brighter, the moon has a shinier glow, flowers grow taller, birds tweet more sweetly, and angels dance and sing with bliss, as all creation awaits another baby girl or boy.
Whenever a Child Is Born offers the perfect message for parents as it charmingly tells the story of how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born. The story comforts parents with the knowledge that their baby is a special gift from heaven to them, and that they will never be alone raising their child, and that their child will never ever be alone in life.
Parents never worry. No one journeys alone through life because whenever a child is born, he is given a guardian angel.
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Meet the Author:
Nancy Diedrich was born and raised in South Louisiana, where storytelling was not just an art form, but an authentic way of communicating. Everyone had a tale to tell! This was, more than likely, where her love of communication developed. With undergraduate degrees in English and speech, and graduate degrees in psychological counseling, Nancy learned that words can educate; they can entertain; they can inspire and they can heal. In Nancy’s career, she has been a teacher, a
counselor and an author, where the power of words always guided her in interaction with her students, clients and readers. Nancy’s value for genuine communication extends beyond her career, to the anchors of her life, which are her faith, her family and her friendships.
Whenever A Child Is Born is Nancy’s first published children’s book. In it, the reader gets a glimpse of this author’s compassion for family, and her gift of faith, as the story tells how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born.
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Have you always wanted to be a writer?
For as long as I can remember, I always enjoyed telling stories, but I didn’t consider writing about them or becoming a writer, until I had grandchildren. Before that “grand” stage of life, I didn’t have very much time to write or to be creative. By the time I had grandchildren, I wanted to start recording my stories.
As a young mother, I told my children stories, that I would create, in addition to books that I would read to them. And as an English teacher, I would encourage my students to write creative narratives on a regular basis. I valued storytelling and tried to inspire my children and my students with a love writing, as well as, reading.
Strangely enough, even though I was always a storyteller and book lover, I didn’t move beyond writing short stories and magazine articles until recently. Five years ago, I wrote a book for each of my grandchildren, where each of them was the main character in his/her own book. That was such a thrill, that I decided to try my hand at writing a book for publication.
I’m so happy I made that decision. Becoming a published author has been extremely fulfilling and gratifying for me. For a “book lover” like myself, it’s a meaningful accomplishment.
In your opinion, what are the most important elements of writing a children’s book?
I believe children’s authors have a profound responsibility to each child who reads their books. In addition to entertaining and informing children with storylines and illustrations, the author who chooses to write for children must offer each child an opportunity to fall in love with reading; they should inspire a child to be creative, as well as strengthen the child’s reading and cognitive skills.
Children’s books should capture the child’s imagination, entertain them, and offer some type of information or lesson. Prior to writing my first children’s book, I consulted with Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers and Early-Childhood Education specialists. I wanted to know the best way to approach a young reader; how to capture their attention and how to present a message that would help them in social development.
All of my resources told me that young readers love vibrant illustrations, bright colors, rhyming text, uncomplicated word placement, simple wording and a good storyline. They explained the importance of the layout of a children’s book, and how it needed to be appropriate for the reader’s attention level. Text should not be printed over an illustration, and there should not be too much text on each page. Young readers need time to absorb the message from the text, and to appreciate how the illustration compliments the text. I have always considered this to be solid gold advice, and it has been my roadmap for every book that I have written.
What is your inspiration for this story?
Following a ten year and very fulfilling career as a high school English teacher, I have enjoyed many years in my second career, as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In my counseling practice, I often work in group therapy, and it was in a group that consisted of young mothers, that I realized the topic of “having a new baby” would be the subject of my book. The ladies discussed how they would tell their families that another baby was on the way. They especially addressed the issue of informing their children that they were going to have another sibling. These ladies found it difficult to find an appropriate message for their children.
This is when I realized that the joy of a child coming into the world needed its own story. The fictional narrative of how all of creation might respond to hearing that a new baby is about to be born, would be a great way for children to experience joyfulness and excitement whenever they hear the delightful news that a new baby is on the way.
Since it’s publication, Whenever A Child Is Born has become a favorite for Moms, especially “new Moms”, and Grandmothers, especially “new Grands”. It has definitely found its way to more baby showers that I can count. Although it was never my intention for this book to become the “go to baby shower gift”, sometimes books have a way of creating their own identity.
Describe your workspace?
I write at my desk in my office. My office itself, is located in a stately old historic building in the middle of downtown, in my sleepy South Louisiana hometown. I chose this building for two reasons: first of all, I love the location, in the heart of town, and secondly, it provides quiet office space for my Counseling practice.
In addition to being a quiet office space, I have a white noise machine looping natural soothing sounds throughout the office at all times. It offers a peaceful atmosphere, but also an added layer of privacy for my clients, which they appreciate and so do I. It’s the perfect place for me to write whenever I am not in session with a client.