Book Celebration Day 7 | If a Caterpillar Can Fly, Why Can’t I?

Not long ago, it dawned on me that I am now officially the author of FIFTEEN diverse children’s books for young readers.

15 books!

This calls for a BIG celebration.

So for the first 15 days of October, I will be shining the spotlight on each one of my books that have made my author’s dreams come true and delighted readers all across the globe.  And what would a celebration be without prizes! Keep an eye on the Make A Way Media Instagram account to see my weekly IG Lives and get the scoop of how you can win some of my books, Make A Way Media swag, and other assorted goodies.

Book Celebration Day 7 |If a Caterpillar Can Fly, Why Can’t I?

This book is a coloring and activity book. Kids struggle with screen time and esteem issues at a higher rate than ever before. This book helps parents and caregivers discuss these issues in a way that kids will be more receptive and open to hearing this message. There are many activities to help guide children through an internal dialogue that reinforces how special they are.

Many schools have used this book in their girls’ groups as a fun, therapeutic, and creative way to discuss sensitive topics that are facing our children today.

Through my work with children as a therapist, I have recognized two major areas of concern affecting the esteem of today’s youth:

#1-Emphasis on how the world sees you (or worse, approves of you) through social media.

#2-A lack of focus on goals and a real belief that it is possible to achieve them.

This journal is a fun and thought-provoking reminder that it is never too early for kids to begin working toward their dreams. Help teach children and young adults the value of being self-aware which fosters greater resilience, increases dreaming and motivation, and improves relationships with the people in their lives who matter most. It’s not only a roadmap but a time capsule of hopes and dreams for tomorrow’s future leaders!

All people and ages enjoy this book, but the overall content is traditionally geared more towards women and girls.

Thoughts and Praise from Reviewers

If A Caterpillar Can Fly, Why Can’t I? urges the reader to put down electronics, be in the moment and live with gratitude. My favorite page in If a Caterpillar Can Fly, Why Can’t I? talks about boredom. If a Caterpillar Can Fly, Why Can’t I? touches on some deep themes yet never comes across as preachy.  It emphasizes striving for your dreams while not being afraid to make mistakes.  Having goals is extremely important and asking for help is not something to be ashamed of.  Notes to the reader from Ms. Cummings and Ms. Busse are a motivational, sweet surprise at the end of the book. This journal is intended for children to look back on for years to come.  I think we should all take a whirl at one at the start of every decade.  It would be quite fun to see what 20-year-old me dreamed of in detail.  If A Caterpillar Can Fly, Why Can’t I? soars like a butterfly in my opinion!~Michele Carroll

The Louisville Book Festival 2021 is coming!

This online (Zoom) gathering continues to provide the opportunity to celebrate the city’s culture and vibrancy and reach the goal that all students have access to books in their homes.

Highway 65 is the divide between east and west Louisville. West of 65, there are no book stores which greatly reduces access to books for our children and youth, creating a book desert. Our goal for the Louisville Book Festival is to ensure every child that attends the Book Festival on Children’s Day leaves with at least one free age-appropriate book. We will continue to work on the goal of getting books into the hands of children year-round through our programs like It Pays to Read.

This 501(c) (3) non-profit organization was founded in 2018 to celebrate and promote the love and the benefits of reading, writing, and literacy. We believe that literacy is a fundamental human right and that there is power and purpose in bringing books to life every day of the year. We celebrate books and use them to highlight and grow the resilient culture of our vibrant city, as well as to encourage and elevate our creative thinking as a community. This book is open to the public and we will have amazing authors from all over the nation on hand to talk books and sign copies.

Please join us on October 22nd and 23rd, 2021 via ZOOM for excitement and exploration of all things books! Visit the website for more details.

Connect with The Louisville Book Festival via their website or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Deedee Cummings

As a therapist, attorney, author, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings has a passion for making the world a better place. All 15 of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life. Colorful and vibrant, her children’s books are not only fun for kids and adults to read, they also work to teach coping skills, reinforce the universal message of love, encourage mindfulness, and facilitate inclusion for all. Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care. As a result, her catalogs of published books for kids are filled with positive, hopeful messages. Using therapeutic techniques in her stories to teach coping skills, Cummings also strives to lessen the stigma that some people feel when it comes to receiving mental health assistance.
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