As a little kid, I never got into “kid-friendly” activities. Overnight camping trips, field trips, school performances, carnivals, class parties, you name it, they overwhelmed me. I did not like them. But in the 80s, kids’ perspectives were not validated as well as they are today, so I frequently faced grown-ups who told me all kids liked that stuff. No one really believed me.
I decided to write SUPER LEXI about a second-grade girl who hates musical performances & staring eyeballs because I think kids need to be told there’s more than one way to experience the world. There is power in the written word. I thought if a grown-up wrote a book that says it’s OK to see the world this way, then it would be official for whatever kid needs to hear that.
As a kids’ author, the best thing about being a writer is by and large the audience. I love children and I have so much hope and belief in them. The very nature of evolution promises that they are capable of doing greater things than I am. I simply love being a doorway that they can walk through on their own journeys to greatness.
I do have a few more ideas for SUPER LEXI books and hope to complete them, but there are no official releases scheduled after the Christmas book comes out in November. When I do have release dates on future books, I’ll announce them on my Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/EmmaLeskoAuthor
I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me along the way. I particularly appreciate those of you that have read my blog or followed me on Facebook/Twitter as Lexi has grown from an idea to a full-fledged character.
A special thanks to Adam Winsor, whose beautiful illustrations capture Lexi and her spirit better than I could have ever hoped for. And thank you to Keith Snyder for presenting Lexi’s story exactly as I had envisioned it!
Corinne’s superpower is making homemade gifts like friendship pins, duct tape wallets and friendship bracelets. Carley’s superpower is being kind to others. Both superpowers help make the world a better place!
You’ll each receive a signed copy of my new chapter book, Super Lexi. Thank you for using your superpowers, and for participating in the contest!
The countdown to the February 25 release of my early chapter book, Super Lexi is on!
Lexi’s got phobias of lots of things. Yogurt. Songs that get stuck in her head. Cashiers that think they’re good with kids. But her biggest phobia on Planet Earth is eyeballs staring at her. That’s how come it’s too bad she has a solo in the school Parents’ Day Performance.
Join Lexi as she tries everything from crossing her eyes to “tornado twirls” in the hopes that she’ll turn invisible!