Kamyla Chung has a big problem. Every night after her parents turn off her bedroom light, a giant creepy-crawly appears on her wall. When she asks her parents for help, they buy her a nightlight, but that only makes things worse. In the end, they hire an exterminator to get rid of the creepy-crawly once and for all. Will the exterminator be able to help or will the creepy-crawly scare her away?
On A Personal Note:
The Kamyla Chung Series is a picture book collection about a bi-racial character dealing with difficult issues children face everyday. During my tenure as a public school teacher, I saw the fear and dysfunction that childhood abuse and neglect causes. I wrote the books with children, parents, teachers, and therapists in mind.
There is a need for literature that approaches serious issues in a gentle and child-friendly way. The first installment in the series, Kamyla Chung and the Creepy Crawlies, addresses fear and how to deal with it; the second, Kamyla Chung and the Classroom Bully, focuses on bullying and child abuse.
As a nation, we need to start having more in depth conversations about our children’s social well-being and mental health. I hope that through my books children will learn to be their own best advocates. It is also my intention for the books to be a stimulus for meaningful conversations between parents and their children, teachers and their students, and therapists and their patients.