When it comes to explaining the body and their functions to children, isn’t the best person a physician? You can talk your head off about washing hands and sneezing into your elbows, to avoid germs but having the kids read the science behind this can cause a better effect. I got more “oohs and gross” responses as they read the Battle of the Bugs than when I say “did you wash your hands?”
My family was given the opportunity to read two of Dr. Heather’s upcoming children’s books and interview her as well. My 10 year old daughter came up with the questions after reading one of the books to my younger son:
What got you interested in children and science/body?
I remember taking a high school biology class and becoming completely intrigued with the biology of life – mammals mostly. In college, I decided to major in biology and was really excited to go to class so I switched my major to pre-med.
Biology and especially chemistry did not come easy to me. I loved the idea of translating difficult human physiology concepts and pathways into entertaining, engaging yet educational stories and curriculum for kids and teachers
Are your characters based on real kids in your life?
Yes. I highlighted the personalities of my children, which help build the character development in the stories: Merrin being studious, Pearl being adventurous, and both being curious.
How long did it take you to write a book?
The actual sitting down and writing doesn’t take that long, however, the prep and editing work does! I usually collect information about the specific body system and make a list of the different parts, vocabulary words, trivia etc. Then I begin jotting down possible scenarios that could happen. Once I begin writing, I just let the words flow because you can always edit later!
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a veterinarian and an Olympic swimmer!
Here is a little blurb about 2 of her books currently going on tour.
The Lucky Escape:
Merrin and Pearl’s little brother Robbie has swallowed a penny! Through magic and imagination they find themselves on an adventure through his digestive system where they must grab the penny, save Robbie and narrowly escape his poopy diaper. Through their journey down the esophagus, into the stomach, and through the intestines, the girls experience some close calls – almost being squirted with hydrochloric acid and being bumped by gas bubble s. Their encounters force them to learn first hand all about the digestive system and why it is so important to eat healthy foods. Ideal for ages 4 to 10.
Battle of the Bugs:
Merrin and Pearl’s little cousin Max is sick, threatening everyone’s Mexican holiday. This time the girls find themselves in Max’s body, witnessing firsthand the immune system in action. They befriend a white blood cell warrior who leads them into battle against the offending bacteria, and listeners learn why it’s important not to eat candy and sugar when you have an illness – it can fuel bacteria and viruses and make you feel sicker. Ideal for ages 4 to 10.
Dr. Heather is giving away one Ebook of the Lucky Escape, for one of my readers. If you are interested just leave a comment about your favorite childhood read. One winner will be selected randomly on Aug. 2nd.
If you don’t win and still interested in sharing Dr. Heather’s book, you can find them here: