If you haven’t read my first blog post, I recommend you start there. It will help you understand the beginning of my book writing/publishing adventure.
The world of A Little Spark has been many years in the making. It all started when I had the idea for a story about the tiniest of creatures – a lowly mouse – who, through his own self-confidence, steps up to the plate and saves the day. I expanded the story based on that one plot point, and as the words flowed, I saw more and more clearly a bigger concept: anyone can do amazing things. We all have the ability to lift ourselves up. Every single person can “Be That Spark” to the people around them.
And so, those three little words – Be That Spark – became something much larger than I expected. It has become the core of everything we do at Zuroam Media. Everything we’ve planned is based on this theme, and the book A Little Spark is just the beginning.
At Zuroam Media, we believe that children’s books play an important role in helping to shape who children become. The stories that our children are reading have the ability to shape who they will become. Do we want them to become good leaders? Then we need to focus on nurturing their minds to be such. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that many adult leaders today would benefit from rereading classic children’s books which teach us about friendship, loyalty, and fun.
As you can see, A Little Spark is more than just a story. Its timeless message leaves you with a sense of purpose. You can’t help but feel like you can do anything once you’ve read it. Our hope is that you take that sense of purpose and do amazing things with it.
The story teaches many lessons, and those lessons are essential to helping children from “2 to 82” build good character traits. To help parents and educators teach these lessons, we are developing plans for teaching. We really want this to become a lifestyle for people, finding their spark, not just something they read and forget. You can find these lessons at the end of the book as well as on our website. (And look for more detailed information on each lesson in future blog posts!)
One of my proofreaders offered this commentary:
I thought it was really great that you included the discussion points at the back, such a positive message about facing our fears, having faith in ourselves but doing our best to help and make a difference - and sorely needed in today's world!
That comment from someone who had spent hours reading the book captured everything I had hoped to achieve when I began this journey. Moments like this give you the energy and drive to take the hill.
If our story can help even just a few people to Be That Spark, then I feel like we’ll have done our job. It’s my hope that we reach more than just “a few,” though. As more and more people read the book and learn the lessons, I can only dream of how much better the world will become.