Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Books That Change Lives

Someone in a Yahoo group I belong to recently posted something about a book she read at a difficult time in her life changing her attitude. Looking back, I can remember many books that made a difference in my life in similar ways, and I hope the things I write will do the same for others.
For example, my newly published book, Signs of Trouble, is an exciting story (I hope) but the included educational activities are intended to help kids learn safety and reading skills and to understand others with special needs.
However writers often never know how things they've written have influenced others. Sometimes even the readers themselves don't realize that something in a book or article has made a tiny difference that will ultimately combine with other influences to make a big change in their attitude or behavior.
When we are aware that something we read has helped us, if only in a small way, letting whoever wrote it know would make a positive difference in that author's own life.
Since this is the season of Thanksgiving why not send an e-mail message or even an old-fashioned letter to someone whose writing has been helpful to you?

4 comments:

Susanne Drazic said...

Great idea about sending an email or a letter to an author.

Your book looks cute. Jack Foster is a great illustrator.

Maddy said...

Someone suggested buying a stack of picture postcards and using them to catch up with old friends who we may have lost touch we over the years as it makes a great way of reconnecting. [Found you via Alyx's post]

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thank you, Maddy. That sounds like a good idea.

Janet Ann Collins said...

Suzanne, I responded to your comment before, but it didn't show up. You're certainly right about Jack and it was a pleasure to work with him. Thanks for commenting.