Children's Authors Solve The Mystery, Where The Socks Go
By Anastasia Dezhnyuk
Keeping children entertained nowadays has been appointed to technology and other innovative objects rather than books. Seeing that there was a deficit in imaginative and whimsical books, teachers and authors Nicole McCalla, Claudine Barbot, and Jocelyn Barbot decided to take on the challenge of writing children's literature.
Knowing that children are more inclined to rhymes, whimsy, and repetition, they wrote a book based off of the age-old question, where do socks actually go?
I spoke to Nicole and Claudine about their writing process and future aspirations, for In Entertainment:
What inspired you to write the book?
Nicole: Claudine and I were having a conversation one day on the phone while she was doing her laundry, and she started to voice her frustrations about missing socks. We started joking and wondering about where socks disappear to, that's how the idea came about.
Claudine suggested we write a book about it and from there we started to think of different scenarios and story lines. That's when we shared the idea with the third author Jocelyne Barbot.
I like that you put different cultures in the book. Was there a particular reason?
Nicole: Being educators in the elementary and early childhood, we have a lot of experience with children's literature. And with having that experience, we know that you don't typically see books covering different cultures. That is something we really wanted to bring to the table in children's literature because you may see a book have a different culture, but it will just implement one culture.
Also, we wanted to show that this is something that can happen to someone in the united states and also to someone in Asia, Africa, or South America. It's a relatability piece and how we're more alike than we are different.
What was the hardest part when writing this book?
Claudine: I would have to say the hardest part was stopping in each scenario; it's really easy to keep going. If we didn't tap it off at certain points, each scenario could have been a book within itself.
Will you be writing anymore books in the future?
Claudine: Actually, we are planning on continuing with the children's books and we are going to expand on this book in particular. Nicole and I also do screenwriting so that's another avenue we will be pursuing. We're definitely going to be actively writing, it may not always be in book format. But writing is our future.
So, you see this book going somewhere outside of print format?
Nicole: We would love to see this book created into a movie; that would be the dream. And of course, being on the New York Times best seller list for children's literature. We would absolutely love to see this book become a movie and we will certainly try our best to make that happen.
Claudine: I think it'll be successful, not just as a movie, but beyond. I could see it as an app game on the phone. It's a story that won't end. It has an infinite lifespan.
How did working as teachers influence the book?
Nicole: Being a teacher around children's literature help us see that rhyming and poetry is something that children love and connect with. Kids love thinking out of the box and taking it a step further with their imagination.
Being around children, we noticed that imagination isn't always encouraged because everything is so instantly gratified in the media with technology. We wanted to encourage the children to start imagining what the socks could be up to.
Claudine: I feel like we're writers first, it's our passion. Teaching is our job. The passion mostly gave us the direction, but having the experience being around children created the magic.
What do you want the kids to take away from this?
Claudine: We all just want the children to have fun with the book. The world could be so serious and children have so many different responsibilities now and so many things to worry about. They often forget to have fun. And at the same time, we're in the age of technology where having fun while reading a book doesn't really exist anymore.
So, what we wanted them to do is to get lost in the book and to use their imagination to take them to another world. And not just for kids, but also for families altogether.
Who better to write children's literature than educators by day and writers by night? This book was made for the younger generation to develop imaginations and the desire to read.
It will go further than the bookshelves and has the lifespan to grow into an even bigger adventure.
To get a copy of Where the socks go and to learn more, visit www.WhereTheSocksGoBook.com
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