Recently I reconnected with a friend who I worked with years ago. We met up at a local coffee shop, Jumping Java, to have tea, talk about life, and children’s books. She was interested in purchasing a copy of my children’s book, Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck, for a tiny tot in her life.
As it happens she published a children’s book several years ago as well— before I became a mom and was inspired to write my book. She brought along a copy of her book to pass on to me and my son to read.
The significance of her book and its message truly did not resonate in me until I opened its pages and realized how very much this book related to our life as a military family. And the impact it could make on other military families or any family missing a loved one who works away from home.
The book is titled Just Till Mommy Comes Home by Loriann Kinney. The story was inspired by her own experience of caring for her young granddaughter during her daughter’s deployment overseas.
Just Till Mommy Comes Home describes the days leading up to her daughter’s deployment and the transition thereafter in helping her granddaughter cope with her mommy’s absence. It provides the reader sweet, relatable illustrations (by Lorraine Hardman) and text in helping teach children and adults healthy coping skills during times of change.
I cannot emphasize the importance of this book’s message enough and it should be on EVERY military family’s bookshelves!
The author of the book has worked in the mental health field (where we originally met) for many years and is currently the owner of Creative Play located in Raeford, NC which provides in-home therapy for children with disabilities.
If interested in purchasing a copy of the book, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Till-Mommy-Comes-Home/dp/0557573580/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=just+till+mommy+comes+home&qid=1566402784&s=gateway&sr=8-1
It truly is a humbling and sweet story.
– Alison Paul Klakowicz
Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck
Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.