Gravitybread presents Maria Dismondy

Maria DismondyDoes your child have empathy and appreciation for others? Check out my interview with Maria Dismondy and her tips on how to help your child develop a better sense of empathy through book reading with her book, The Potato Chip Champ.

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Maria Dismondy is an award winning children’s book author who has also written many other books including Pink Tiara Cookies for Three, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, The Juice Box Bully, Spoonful of Sweetness and Chocolate Milk Por Favor. I love Maria’s books because she always has a valuable underlying message for children such as empathy, respect, appreciation, etc. I hope that you find her responses helpful in how you read The Potato Chip Champ to your child. Also, check out her other books! I will be reviewing Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun in the upcoming weeks. For more information about Maria, check out her website and link to her blog here.

1. What inspired you to write The Potato Chip Champ? I wanted to create a story that included empathy for children. More recently, I have noticed society puts a large focus on things rather than what’s really important, who we are and what we do for others. I wanted a story that highlighted the fact that it’s not about what we have but who we are.

2. What tips can you give parents and educators to teach empathy to children? I read this somewhere along the way: Try-Say-Do Teach children to TRY to understand how someone is feeling. Then SAY something to them to acknowledge their feelings. Finally, DO something. Take action in offering help and friendship to the person you are showing empathy to.

3. Do you think it has become harder for children to be appreciative in today’s world? If so, please explain. Not necessarily. I believe as parents and educators, we need to take an early intervention approach and begin teaching children what is really important at an early age. Being kind and respectful are far more important than having the latest and greatest gadget!

4. How has your background influenced you as an author? I was a teacher for over a decade and now I am a parent of three young children. These experiences working with young children have helped me to write stories based on what is needed in our society.

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