Veteran's Day Storytime with Talitha Vickers
Celebrate Veteran's Day with a virtual Storytime, featuring Talitha Vickers from WXII! Talitha will be reading her new book, Why My Hero Had to Go, a timeless children’s picture book about courage amid change, inclusion and love.
This free event is open to the public and will be broadcast on Facebook Live. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Why My Hero Had to Go:
Why My Hero Had to Go has a little something for everyone. Take a journey through the pages as the curtain is pulled back to show the heartfelt voice of a parent leaving for deployment or as a front line worker. This unique picture book brings to life the parallel experiences of a parent and a child separated by the call of duty. Children gain a better sense of understanding and responsibility as they tag along with the main character Jared, who is on a "special mission" with pet Bailey and his cuddly toy bear.
With heartfelt poetic words, Why My Hero Had to Go offers a different perspective for children to know that they are not alone when a parent is called to service. Creating a book that speaks to the voice of the untold stories was critical to author Talitha Vickers, who comes from a military family. Drawing from her own personal experience with her nephew Jared, Vickers puts words to emotions that there are often no words for. It's a powerful teaching tool with foreshadowing messages that truly resonates with all readers. The creative imagination of illustrator Keith Hobgood opens the door to a world that a child would otherwise never see though each hand drawn page. The nontraditional layout of Hobgood's illustrations shows just how much a child and parent have in common every day despite being separated by distance.
This educational tool serves as a critical resource for all front line workers, military families, their neighbors, teachers and fellow students to have a first-hand look at a different perspective of families with a unique dynamic.
About Talitha Vickers:
Talitha Vickers is the current news anchor for NBC affiliate WXII-TV 12. During her thirteen years as a journalist, Talitha has held multiple roles in the newsroom and has worked arduously learning every facet of the business—both behind and in front of the camera. Over the years, she has covered everything from presidential campaigns and debates, to health and entertainment, to major national stories.She educates and mentors children through volunteer work, particularly with local Boys and Girls Clubs. Why My Hero Had to Go is her first book.
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"Why My Hero Had to Go" has a little something for everyone. Take a journey through the pages as the curtain is pulled back to show the heartfelt voice of a parent leaving for deployment or as a front line worker. This unique picture book brings to life the parallel experiences of a parent and a child separated by the call of duty.