Bailey Bloom and the Battle of the Bug is about three best friends who love playing superheroes and imagining a time when they can become superheroes in real life. One day, they learn that their school has been shut down due to COVID-19, and they immediately set out to find ways to help the people in their community during the pandemic. Through their efforts in helping others, they realize that they can be real-life superheroes by engaging in these small acts of kindness. Bailey Bloom and the Battle of the Bug also addresses what schools might look like when they reopen, which is a conversation many parents are discussing with their kids.
Targeted Age Group:: 3 – 9
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
In mid-March 2020, my kids' school suddenly closed due to the pandemic. They were aware at that point that there was a virus, but the sudden closure of the school resulted in a lot of questions. Like most parents, I was trying to navigate explaining to my children what was going on without saying anything that might frighten them or make them feel sad. I read an article about kids putting up rainbow art in their windows and decided that we should do the same. I thought my kids would find it fun, but what I didn't anticipate was how much creating the art would affect my kids, particularly, my daughter. I explained to her that while people were out walking, it might make them feel less lonely if they saw rainbow art in peoples' windows. I explained that stress could affect one's immune system and make people more vulnerable to illness. However, when people are happy, they are less stressed and their bodies are stronger. In a nutshell, I helped her understand that by making art and placing it in our window, she was helping to combat COVID-19. I wrote Bailey Bloom and the Battle of the Bug with my children in mind and initially just read it to them to help them see how powerful their actions had been. After seeing their reaction, I decided to put the story out into the world with the hope that others might feel the same.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Two of the characters were very easy for me to come up with because they are based on my own children. The Zoey character is my daughter, and her big brother, Jonah, is my son. It was fun to feature them in the book and add personal details like their hair color, eye color, actual clothes, and a bench that my son helped design at his school. The other main characters are loosely based on my daughter's two bet friends. The three girls are quite different and I hope that, through the series, I can further explore the idea that three children from different backgrounds and cultures can not only have a beautiful friendship, but also gain so much by learning from each other.
Soon enough it was safe
For the girls to return to class.
Thrilled to be back together,
A feeling nothing could surpass.
When the recess bell rang out,
They would go into the yard.
But their games changed since Corona
In one significant regard.
Of course, they still played superheroes
But with a very different task.
Now they looked for the kids
Who needed help but were afraid to ask.
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