Franklin author set to release second children’s book, following ‘Brave’ with ‘Feathers from Above’ | Brentwood homepage
As in his first published book titled BraveFranklin author Kathleen Davis’ two young children were a big influence on her soon-to-be-released second book.
Davis had written Brave – an illustrated book that discusses the common occurrence of children’s nighttime fears – in response to the difficulties her then 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter endured sleeping through the night due to fear.
Her children came back for her giving her the idea for her follow-up book, feathers from abovewhich will be released on Monday August 1st.
As Brave, feathers from above also offers spiritual comfort to children ages 3-7. It’s a children’s rhyme book that shows how feathers fall straight from guardian angels and remind you that there is nothing to fear.
“For years, my kids have found feathers and come to me like, ‘Hey, Mom, I think a guardian angel must have visited me because I just found a feather,'” Davis said. “I thought it was the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard…to help remind kids that they’re not alone and don’t need to be afraid.”
Davis, a former teacher who moved from Florida to Franklin last year, had written and completed feathers shortly after Brave has been freed. She had self-published her first book and wanted to do the same with her second in order to have more control.
Part of that vetting was finding an illustrator herself, and she did that through social media discovering an artist in Sweden, Martyna Nejman.
“It’s not a typical book, where it has typical characters and a solid beginning, middle, and end,” Davis said. “It’s almost a beautiful and reassuring ride, and I needed illustrations to guide the reader and create the timeline. Martyna is amazing. I can honestly say this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen in my life.
As a master’s in elementary education who taught for 10 years, Davis is more than just a writer of children’s books. She champions the value of reading, especially for parents of young and even older children.
“Reading in general is the most important thing a parent can do,” she said. “If they had problems with math or science, most of the time it was because they had trouble reading. Parents would ask what they could do to help their children (in reading comprehension), and I would tell them to read aloud to them at night.
“It’s very simple, and it starts at an early age. But it doesn’t stop. Even if you have big kids, you can still steady yourself and read books that they might not be able to read because the words or ideas might be too difficult. It really is a perfect way to, #1, help your kids love reading, and #2, encourage learning.
feathers from above can be purchased through Amazon and through the Davis website. It will also be available at area bookstores and retailers such as Landmark Booksellers, Parnassus and Brilliant Sky.