Readability author Lauren Mosback shares how Buddha’s wise words have inspired her and also touches on a few of her favorite books and writers. Read on to find out more about Lauren and how her book series Super Skills can help children better understand healthy habits while growing their reading skills, too.
Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I was inspired to become an author to help children learn important social and emotional tools that I have found are key in living a happy, resilient and peaceful life. As a licensed mental health therapist for children, I see daily what can happen when children, teens and young adults acquire these skills…and sadly, what can happen when they haven’t developed these skills.
Fortunately, it is never too late to learn and grow, and what I know for certain is that when children are introduced to empowering social-emotional “Super Skills” early on, they are much more likely to incorporate these healthy habits into their lives. This motivated me to start writing the Super Skills series to share these important ideas and strategies with as many little readers as I could in a fun and interactive way!
What is your favorite children’s story?
My favorite book as a child was The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. This magical story captivated me as it explored themes of love, growth, and being authentic or how the Skin Horse described, “becoming Real.”
Who is your favorite children’s book author?
I am a fan of so many children’s book authors, so it’s really hard to choose a favorite. I really love the classics, so I’d have to go with Beatrix Potter, the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Margery Williams, the author of The Velveteen Rabbit and A. A. Milne, the author of Winnie-the-Pooh.
What is a quote or motto that brings you inspiration and motivation?
I am really inspired by this quote —
“What you think, you become.
What you feel, you attract.
What you imagine, you create.”
This quote resonates with me because I know how powerful our thoughts are and how they influence our emotions and actions. We have the power to create beautiful thoughts, feelings and a positive impact on the world. And I know that when we believe in ourselves, we can achieve anything.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
My book ideas come from the various experiences and interactions I have with others and the world around me. I am inspired by the kids I counsel at my private practice and my own three children.
My book ideas are often woven together when I am out on a walk or run, experiencing the beauty of nature.
What do you want the audience to know about you to inspire them to want to read your books?
I’d love for my audience to know that the social and emotional skills I introduce in my books help the whole child grow – socially, emotionally and academically. The Super Skills series shares empowering social-emotional skills in an entertaining way that helps kids grow self-esteem and enhance their mental health and wellbeing.
I believe it’s key to create educational books that are interactive and fun, because kids learn best when they are engaged and practicing the skills they are learning!