Making a difference with my passion
Guest Blog By Allistar Banks
As an undergrad student, I discovered my passion for writing children and adult literature. My love for writing began at the age of eight which included making picture books that describe fantasy figure, places, and type. This is why I took the steps to follow my passion and write three books.
In addition to my passion for writing, I also recognize the importance of early literacy for children. Young children hear their parents and caretakers say a lot of words every day and it adds up. Research shows that when parents read to their children, children develop a love of books that later builds strong reading skills. What’s the connection? The more words children hear and understand, their vocabulary skills increase. Children whose parents talk to them frequently hear about 45 million words in the first four years. In families that don’t speak as much, children heard 13 million words. This inspired me to begin attending schools and read my books to children. My passion for writing not only gives me the fulfillment of sharing my creativity, however also will hopefully have an impact on the next generation.
My advice and inspirational message I would give to other female authors is to write what makes you happy and that YOU can be are someone’s favorite author. You never know what difference your book will make in someone’s life. Following your passion (s) makes you feel whole and complete. There’s a sense of joy in following your passions and taking the steps to make your dreams a reality. If I could give my younger self advice, I would say “to not be like everybody else.” Be unique in what you do and be authentic as well. You have your own talents and that’s what makes you, YOU.
Allistar Banks was born and raised in McCormick South Carolina. Ms. Banks is a graduate of Herzing University and graduated in Insurance Billing Specialist where she obtained her Associates Degree in the spring of 2017. Also, the Author attended Lander University in Greenwood, SC and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators. Ms. Banks focuses on creating stories that are fun and educational. Her blog focuses on stories that are based on her experiences and also lessons for children to learn.
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