Sharing can be a challenge for children, but it is a necessary social skill for children to learn, so that they learn to get on with others. Learning to share is part of learning how to make friends. Children need to learn that others have needs and wants too. When your child is playing with others, using the opportunity to teach them about how to share. What I found to work with my own children, is to lead by example. So if I want something from them, then I ask them. I don't snatch. It only teaches the child to snatch and toddlers are good at copying other behaviour! Explain things in simple terms when there are tantrums and disagreements over toys, and of course, reading books about sharing are helpful too! When your child does the right thing, encouragement and praise go a long way!
Adam has written a fun and exciting picture book called The Share-A-Not for children aged 3 to 6. The Share-A-Not wants it all, and he wants it now! A humorous book about the consequences of being greedy. Adam answers some questions about himself and being an author below. Check out his video at the end of the interview.
My background is a scenic view with a ... oh. Wait. I don't think that's what you mean! I am actually an engineer and primary school teacher, but writing is my passion, so those degrees are now sitting in my cupboard! I am lucky enough to have creative genes handed down, with dancers and actors and writers and more in my family!
Why did you write “The Share-A-Not”?
This is my Dr Seuss wannabee book. I grew up reading Dr Seuss books, and still love them, and so always wanted to write a fun, funny rhyming story with a message. I wrote a whole list of words that were important to me, and The Share-a-not came out of that!
Is it difficult to write humorous books?
It is and it isn't ... should I say more? I think it is difficult because you can get caught between writing what you think people will find funny and what you find funny, and that can totally confuse you. I now go for writing what I think is funny, because if I don't laugh and enjoy the process, what's the point? I then test and refine the stories so it's a nice mix and hopefully is funny to enough people to make it a worldwide bestseller and move haha!
How do you think parents should approach ‘sharing’ with their children?
I think setting a great example is a good start. It's easy to tell kids to share but then not act that way as an adult. Part of the reason this was an interesting book to write, and it was the same for a book I wrote on being positive, was that I was surrounded by adults who seemed petty and negative, at the same time as they were telling kids to act positive and share!
Have you written other children’s books, or any other publications?
I now have around 30 books in print, which is amazing and exciting and awesome all at once. They vary from picture books to how to draw books to novels for kids to board books!
Did you always want to be an Author?
No funnily enough. In fact, even though I loved writing a school (until Year 12, when I hated it), it never entered my mind that it was a possible career. I wanted to play football for Collingwood or cricket for Australia, but that never came about! It was only about ten years after I finished school that I wrote a story and it was like BAM! This is what I want to do!
Did you have a favourite book as a child?
YES! Heaps! I loved The Twits by Roald Dahl, The Lorax by Dr Seuss, and my favourite author was Bill Peet, and especially his book The Pinkish, Purplish, Bluish Egg.
Will we see some more books from you?
I hope so! I am to do a few a year, and was lucky enough to have FIVE come out last year! This year I have two more books in my Accidentally Awesome series coming out, as well as a picture book titled How to Catch the Tooth Fairy, and if it gets done a book called Zed the Vegetarian Zombie! Then I will take a nap!