Story Swapping Series
Kalianne loves stories – especially the ones her mother shares. When Kalianne finds out that her beloved quilt was once her mom’s, she wants to surprise her with an adventure story of her own. But nothing exciting ever happens to a four-year-old.
With a little nudge from her teacher, Kalianne learns that everyone has a story to tell and how they tell it can become a cherished family tradition.
"Story Swapping: A Family Tradition is a great story for parents and children to encourage sharing of stories and their experiences during their days.
We see a little girl fill with excitement every evening in anticipation of her mother telling her a story. The picture is painted of a cosy family snuggle time in bed where magical stories are told! You could almost feel how snuggly and warm this special time was and inspired me to maybe make bedtime stories more cosy for my children!
From then on, both Kali and her mum share their stories every night. This is a perfect example for families to follow to create their own traditions!"
- The Cambridge Kids Bookshelf
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
A: The life of a single working mom can get busy–sometimes too busy. It is important to highlight that no matter how busy working moms are, we are never too busy to show our children how much we love them. A balance between simple gestures and spending meaningful quality time together is a recipe for a loving bond between parent and child.
Q: What sets your book apart from other picture books?
A: My book highlights the love between a mother and daughter. Families are unique, as are their daily lives and traditions. It is important to recognize and praise the diverse traditions that exist. A quilt can be just a quilt, or it can be a collection of memories and stories waiting to be shared.
Q: What is your favorite scene in the book?
A: There are so many parts of this story that I enjoy. When Kalianne has the self-realization that everything she does is important, it melts my heart. As a mom and educator, I love watching a child explore a new skill or toy, or face one of their fears. It is important to engage in attentive listening with a child, as the world seen through their eyes is always a BIG adventure.
Q: What are the benefits of your book?
It is told from a child's perspective.
It shares a unique family tradition.
It explores the idea of family legacy.
It encourages children to talk about their families and what makes them special.
Its theme is timeless.
Q: What are some of your family traditions?
A: For as long as I can remember, holidays and family get-togethers have been held at my parents' home. My parents always put together a delicious and enormous feast. I usually contribute a homemade chocolate dessert. "Better to have too much than not enough," is my mom's mantra. My sisters and I always come home with leftovers. Tupperware is a must!
Kalianne dreams of owning a puppy. When her dream finally comes true, Kalianne realizes that there is more to owning a puppy than having his wet kisses melt her heart. With a little guidance from her mom and grandma, Kalianne learns that even puppy-sized mistakes can be forgiven.