WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK :
The children of the world are experiencing a situation unlike any other we have known in our lifetime. As a passionate and life-long educator, I am deeply concerned with the current, as well as, residual effects of the pandemic upon global youth. Their fears, lack of true understanding and confusion with the dramatic changes in their lives, will have lingering effects on them and their psychological development. I have written this “pandemic playbook” to serve our world’s youth and make their day-to-day lives more understandable and less threatening. It will also assist parents, caretakers, and educators in having honest discussions about the COVID-19 pandemic with their children and students. My overriding philosophy is “When you change the life of a child, you change the world!.”
YOU ARE MY COMMUNITY!
Children need to know the facts! Their fears, lack of true understanding, and confusion with the dramatic changes in their lives caused by the pandemic, will have lingering effects upon them. This book is designed to help children deal with the shifting landscape while understanding the facts, and to provide a compassionate acknowledgement of their feelings. They will certainly find comfort in realizing that we are all navigating uncharted waters, have many of the same questions, and all share the same feelings. TARGET AGES 3-8
JOIN MY JOURNEY
Children are my passion! I have been an educator for over 50 years and have worked with students at all educational levels – from 2 ½ years old in diapers to graduating university seniors. I am dedicated to to “making a difference” in the lives of my students, and I am always in search of better ways to help children learn, whatever their individual needs, abilities and learning styles.
I was a CORE TEAM member who opened HOPE SCHOOL, a preschool in Machakos, Kenya, in 2010 - a truly life changing experience- and still remain highly involved with the school.
PLEASE JOIN ME in making the world better because TOGETHER, we made a difference in the life of a child.
All profits from this book will be donated to the
"FEED MY CHILDREN'S FUND"
COVID-19 has completely disrupted the world we live in! As a 2020 graduate of Lafayette College, my senior year certainly did not go as planned. At the end of May, as I was "virtually" finishing up the last of my college classes, I received a text from Sherry. She told me she had written a children's book on the pandemic and asked if I would illustrate it. Sherry, a reading specialist, was my tutor from second to eighth grade, and we have maintained a close relationship ever since. I, being a double major in art and psychology, jumped at the possibility of illustrating a book with my friend and teacher. After months of edits, I am so glad to be able to share "WHY CAN'T I PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS? - A Pandemic Playbook For Kids" with the children of the world. I am also thrilled to be able to support and give back to children through the "FEED MY CHILDREN'S FUND" in the process. This has truly been a special journey for me!
Check out this great video
We were interviewed on Fox News
September 8, 2020
READ ABOUT US IN THE "MONTCLAIR LOCAL"
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December 7, 2020
READ ABOUT US IN THE "LAFAYETTE STUDENT NEWS"
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Congratulations on the book! It covers these harsh times and gives insight to parents and kids.
Your book arrived yesterday -- what a beautiful accomplishment! So well written and illustrated!
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I just got my book in the mail. Amazing book for children! Beautifully written by Sherry Lottero. I highly recommend it for your children.
I’ve received my book and I’m so happy I ordered this!
A Grandma (Debra Guerra)
I would like to thank you on behalf of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and older cousins and siblings for writing this book. Written for children, the message is clear and educational and makes available a simple way of talking to them which us adults have found very difficult. While it is completely truthful, sugar-coating nothing, the issue of the COVID 19 Pandemic and its effect on us all, is told in the most supportive and hopeful manner to ease a child’s anxiety and let them know we are all experiencing the same feelings. It is diverse and inclusive in every way. I cannot wait to send my copies off to the young people in my family.
Tori, your illustrations are beautiful and complete the story!
The dedication of you both and your donating all proceeds of the book to charity is beyond wonderful!
I got this sweet and informative picture book in the mail today, It does such a good job of explaining the pandemic. You can get your own copy at Barnes and Noble. Thank you Ed and Pam, and thank you to the author, Sherry Lottero, from me and my kiddos!
Thanks for writing the book. It's the best! I've read it many times. Love the illustrations-so sensitive. It truly reflects your awareness to the way the world should look, as well as addresses BIG ISSUES!
Cathy Vitone - Principal-Montclair, NJ
Your book arrived today.
It is so totally awesome! I love the message of course, and the drawings are so inviting. The entire presentation is so enlightening, enjoyable, and so professional. Kudos to you!
Congratulations on such a fantastic book written by you!!!! I received it today and read it immediately. What a wonderful and simply well put description of a pandemic. This is helpful not just for children, but also a way parents can feel comfortable and at ease about having this explained to their children. I will be sending this to my daughters to share with my grandchildren. I absolutely love it! Thank you for always giving from your heart and for your continuous teachings! Blessings to you and thank you!!!