Written in rhyme to keep the serious topic light, Daddy, Can You See the Moon? by Gayle C. Krause is about the special moments a young boy and his deployed dad share by looking at the moon, until the father comes home a wounded warrior and the boy realizes that love was what kept them connected all along.
Gayle writes, “As a former early childhood educator training prospective teachers, I directed a laboratory pre-K affiliated with a teaching-training program in New York. It was there, as I sat on the floor of the nursery school reading countless picture books to the preschoolers or acting out fairy tales as creative dramatic presentations, that I became uniquely attuned to the young child’s mind.
“These precious little guys struggle to make sense of the world around them, especially the adult world of their parents. Emotional situations like divorce and deployment affect these children in a way that most adults cannot see. It was one particular little boy that was having a very difficult time accepting the time frame of his dad’s separation from the family that came back to me years later, and the end result is Daddy, Can You See the Moon?
“In this book, military children can see that they’re not alone in this incredible, perplexing moment when Mom or Dad has to leave the family. And for nonmilitary children, it demonstrates a family’s strong, loving bond.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: As a Master Educationalist, Gayle C. Krause has taught children’s literature, creative writing, and story-telling techniques at the secondary and post-secondary levels. She’s a member of SCBWI, the 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge, and a past member of The Poets’ Garage. Gayle is the author of six children’s books. Her work has been nominated for the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and the International Reading Award. She currently serves on Angie Karcher’s National Rhyme Revolution Committee, choosing the best rhyming picture book from 2015-2018, and presents writing seminars to children’s authors. Rebecca Angus of Golden Wheat Literary represents her. Her website is: http://www.gayleckrause.com.
Daddy, Can You See The Moon? Releases on April 9, 2019.
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at the book launch on April 27, 2019.
ABOUT THE BOOK LAUNCH: Come celebrate the launch of Daddy, Can You See the Moon?, written by Gayle C. Krause and illustrated by Carlos de la Garza, on April 27, 2019, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Library Express Bookstore in the Steamtown Mall, 300 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA. Ten percent of royalties will go to Our Military Kids (https://ourmilitarykids.org).