A nice endorsement from and important organization in the world of Children's books:
Beatrice’s Dream Karen Lynn Williams, photog. Wendy Stone, London: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, hb. 978 1 8478 0019 0, £11.99, 2011, 32pp. A heart-warming and down-to-earth look at the life of Beatrice from the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The matter-of-fact tone of the book enables readers to be grateful for their own style of living and at the same time admire Beatrice’s determination to better her life and give back to her community. Issues that affect children the world over are handled in a sensitive manner, enabling teachers and children to explore their own feelings. We were surprised at the insightful and thoughtful comments the children made as a result of sharing the book together. The gentle humour in the book made us smile. The photographs encourage the reader to be curious and to want to learn more about Kibera. Children can easily draw the parallels between their lives and that of Beatrice, the similarities and differences. Unlike Beatrice’ s description of parallel lines ‘never meeting even if you follow them up to Heaven’, in this book there is a sense of hope that we can work towards a future where our parallel lives do meet through education, both in the Kenyan slums and around the world. An uplifting, sensitive and thought-provoking book much enjoyed by Years 4 and 6. Vicki Willingham
This is the International Board on Books for Young people. Check out the site: http://www.ibby.org/
Karen was born in Connecticut, and received her Master’s degree in deaf education. She has lived in Africa and in Haiti. Karen had an early dream to be one of the youngest published authors ever, starting a writing club at ten. However, Karen's published works came later in life, after extensive travels and family experience. Karen's ability to draw from personal experience and adapt into writing forms for all ages and interests expresses her true gift. See her website for more information about her books and stay in touch here for updates about her writing life and publications.