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The Joy of School Visits: Sharing "Nearly Invisible" With the Next Generation


As a mom, a nurse, and most recently, an author, it's been an exhilarating journey, combining my love for storytelling with my everyday experiences in the healthcare industry, especially in these trying times. My newly published children's book, "Nearly Invisible", is a love letter to my colleagues - the unsung heroes who have put their lives on the line during the recent health crises.


One of the reasons that I published this book is to help children understand that heroes are real and they see and interact with them every day. As part of my book promotion, I’ll be visiting schools and interacting with children to help them understand the heroes in their own community. There is a unique magic that happens during interaction with children over story that brings a sense of purpose to my writing.


Why do I love and want to do school visits, you ask? Well, here are a few reasons.


  1. Spreading Awareness: As a healthcare worker, I feel a sense of responsibility to educate our younger generation about the work we do. My book serves as a medium to communicate the tireless efforts and sacrifices made by healthcare professionals. School visits allow me to personally bring this message to children and answer their questions.

  2. Creating Connection: During these visits, I get to connect with children and share real-life stories. These interactions make the characters in my book come alive and help children realize that these 'invisible heroes' are real people, just like their moms and dads.

  3. Inspiring the Next Generation: In our society, superheroes are often portrayed as fictional characters with superpowers. I believe it's essential to showcase real heroes in our world - everyday people doing extraordinary things. Through "Nearly Invisible", I aim to inspire children to appreciate these heroes and perhaps aspire to become one.

  4. Nurturing Empathy: By bringing the realities of the healthcare field to children in a language they can understand, I hope to foster empathy from an early age. School visits provide a platform for this, enabling discussions and allowing children to voice their thoughts and feelings.

  5. The Joy of Reading: Lastly, I am an ardent believer in the transformative power of books. Seeing children's faces light up as I read out from my book, their eager anticipation for what comes next, and their laughter and engagement - it's an indescribable joy!

The release of "Nearly Invisible" has been a journey filled with joy, gratification, and learning. Each school visit is an opportunity to share my passion and remind children of the everyday heroes among us. If my story can spark curiosity, encourage empathy, or inspire even one child to consider a future in healthcare, every moment spent writing and sharing this book will have been worth it. Can you think of a school that you’d like me to visit? Let me know!

Stay healthy and keep reading!


Best,

Kathleen

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