After working 45 years as a teacher and counsellor, Red Deer’s Cheryl Wowk has finally been able to fulfill her “lifelong dream” of writing a children’s book.
“It never really got off the ground until COVID hit and because I was locked down for three months, I finally achieved my dream,” Wowk said.
Wowk recently released her debut children’s book, Super Miraculous Me!, which is designed for educators, parents and grandparents to teach children the key concepts necessary to develop resiliency.
“I’ve had a really good response so far. It’s such a strange world these days and a lot of kids are struggling because parents are struggling,” said Wowk.
“I’ve heard some feedback from some adults saying it actually helped them too because they were feeling anxious during these strange times.”
The book, which is aimed for ages five to 10, teaches children about self-esteem, purpose, self-regulation, accountability, responsibility, growth mindset and self-control.
Wowk said it’s important to teach children how to utilize these tools.
“I started building curriculum in the late-80s or early 90s. Over time I started involving stories that I would tell the kids to teach them the tools they need to cope better and be more resilient,” she said.
The cover features a rainbow-coloured individual to indicate that the book is for anybody. It also teaches children how to create healthy relationships with themselves and others.
“My book helps (children) realize that they are superheroes with the power to be their best without the need for external motivation.
“By using interactive, bodily-kinesthetics techniques to reinforce the learning, the kids have fun unleashing their inner superhero.”
Super Miraculous Me! is available at www.eqevolution.ca, Amazon and select local stores.
Wowk previously served as the co-ordinator for the Peacebuilders program, which was a initiative aimed at getting youths and young adults involved in the central Alberta community. The leadership program, which was run by Burman University in Lacombe and the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights in Edmonton, ran in 2019.