Wheelock College Alumni Authors: Books for Children

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Wheelock College has more than 14,000 alumni out in the world doing the work of Lucy Wheelock, improving the lives of children and families. Among those amazing alums are an ever-growing number of published authors, whose books can be found in libraries and bookstores around the globe. Together, their works—written for teachers, parents, children, and a variety of other audiences—educate, challenge, provoke, and entertain. As Wheelock approaches its 130th anniversary, we decided to celebrate some of our incredible alumni authors.

This blog post highlights alumni-written books for children. These books include warm and funny stories about the special relationships between children and their grandmothers, as well as celebrations of cultures and people from around the world. See all the blog posts about Wheelock’s alumni authors.

Jeepney Love book coverWinifred “Oyoko” Loving ’72MS
Jeepney Love: A Children’s Story (2016)
My Grandma Loves to Play (2013)
The story of Jeepney Love came as an idea Winifred Loving had while visiting Manila and Boracay with family in 2015. It is the story of two jeepneys [jitney buses in the Philippines] who meet in Manila and become friends. The vehicles are somewhat humanized and show emotions, humor, and love. Jeepney Love, cleverly illustrated by Vince Raphael Clorina, is celebration of the people and places of the Philippines. See Jeepney Love on amazon.com.

My Grandma Loves to PlayThroughout My Grandma Loves to Play, Winifred Loving’s Grandma character cleverly engages her “pumpkin” in a game of peekaboo while guessing her granddaughter’s whereabouts in a series of fun, rhyming questions. The interaction between the two shows the importance of the dynamics of play, pretending, and communication across generations and how grandmothers dispense a healthy dose of teaching and learning through play. See My Grandma Loves to Play on amazon.com.

 

Yo-Yo and Yeou-Cheng Ma book coverAi-Ling Louie ’76MS
Yo-Yo & Yeou-Cheng Ma, Finding Their Way (2012)
When Ai-Ling Louie noticed there weren’t many children’s biographies about Asian-Americans, she decided to create a book series titled “Amazing Asian Americans.” This book (which followed the inaugural book in the series, Vera Wang: Queen of Fashion) explores the life of renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his talented sister Yeou-Cheng Ma. The cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his sister Yeou-Cheng were trained by their father. He wanted them to become famous musicians. But, only one child went on to fulfill their father’s dreams. The other went on to find her own way in medicine. See Yo-Yo & Yeou-Cheng Ma on amazon.com.

Jake's Best Birthday Ever book coverRita Sladen Sosa ’69
Jake’s Best Birthday EVER! (2011)
Rita Sladen Sosa, a social sciences educator, wrote this bilingual picture book, with Spanish and English appearing on the same page. It’s a fun and informative story about Grandma Terry, who plans a special birthday visit to New York City for her grandson, Jake. Colorful illustrations accompany Grandma Terry’s reminiscences of her own childhood in the city. Learn more on See Jake’s Best Birthday EVER! on amazon.com.

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