Alana Dorrell, Children's Book Author
Create social connections with the older generation that will last a lifetime
I grew up in Florida with my two sisters, Amy and Allison. We lived with our mom and grandparents on their farm in the Redlands, FL, while our mom went to school and worked after she and our father were divorced. I was a tomboy growing up on the farm, riding horses and playing outside most of the time with the neighborhood kids and my sisters. I went to the University of Florida and earned my degree in Education. In college, I was chosen, along with nine other students, to teach at Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona, Spain. I taught Kindergarten for a summer to children who were there from all over the world. After college, I had the travel bug and decided to become a flight attendant, as my two aunts and mother had been when they were in their twenties. I still work as a flight attendant today for the same great company that my grandfather and uncle worked for.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:
Paying attention and forming bonds early creates a sense of connection and appreciation for the older generation. This cultivates an interest in their lives and past experiences, and as we grow older this helps us to become tolerant and kind people.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:
My sisters and I had a great relationship with our grandparents which continued throughout their lives. My book is based on my family and the experiences I had as a child. As I meet others, in talking about my book, I've taken great joy in hearing the stories of others who love to reminisce about their families and the quirky things they remember about their grandfathers. My book is a great tool to use to initiate family storytelling and to create valuable social connections.
Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:
Children love the humorous story about grandpa and the vibrant colors of the illustrations. My ideal setting for a reading is to have 3 generations present, if possible. After a reading, I like to engage the children by asking them questions about their grandparent or someone who is like a grandparent that they know. If parents and/or grandparents are present, I'll ask the children and the adults some questions and we compare the answers. This is a great way for children to make the connection between the generations and spark interest in their lives.
Less than 5 appearances
Willing to travel