Books for Brats™ Marks 5 Years Helping Children Cope With Deployment - Pioneer of Children's Books for Military Brats When Parents are Deployed

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Books for Brats™ creator, author and illustrator, Michelle Ferguson-Cohen, is marking the Five Year Anniversary of the debut of her You're My Hero! children's picture books for families coping with deployment of a parent in the military. Daddy, You're My Hero! and Mommy, You're My Hero! were the first children's book titles that addressed military deployment of a parent. Now touted by the press as "Dr. Seuss for Military Brats," Ferguson-Cohen first published the titles in 2002.

Books for Brats™ creator, author and illustrator, Michelle Ferguson-Cohen, is marking the Five Year Anniversary of the debut of her You're My Hero! children's picture books for families coping when parents are deployed. Daddy, You're My Hero! and Mommy, You're My Hero! were the first children's book titles that addressed military deployment of a parent.

Now touted by the press as "Dr. Seuss for Military Brats," Ferguson-Cohen first published the titles in 2002. They have since made fans of military children and their families around the world. Educators and childcare professionals were early fans of the books reading them in classrooms and libraries. Now in their 3rd Edition, the books have encouraged a sense of pride in military brats.

Ferguson-Cohen was inspired by her own experience as a military brat who coped with the numerous deployments of her father, a career Army officer, including two tours of Vietnam. As an author and expert, she has now become an advocate for military brats.

"It was my dream to see a book that represented my experience as a military brat on the bookshelves," says Ferguson-Cohen. "I was that kid coping with deployment and it's been an emotional experience connecting with my readers. As a writer, I can't imagine anything more rewarding."

Mission & Message

Pride and Community - The primary message and mission of the You're My Hero! titles is one of "Pride." Especially for a young child, self-esteem is directly tied to family and community. The You're My Hero! titles promote a message of pride in parents, community and self. While military brats don't belong to a geographical community, Books for Brats™ reminds children that we are members of a proud community of service with a shared experience.

Communication and Connection - The books provide simple coping mechanisms for children emphasizing communication and connection with parents. Parents and educators also find the verses helpful for providing language to help young children express their concerns and questions.

Mainstreaming the Military Family - Ferguson-Cohen's goal was to create material that would appeal to all children and introduce their military family neighbors. The books have been used in the classrooms as material to promote tolerance and understanding amongst peers. A mission of distribution to commercial and civilian outlets ensured that there would be books that represent a military family's experience available in every store and classroom. Books for Brats™ were amongst the first to recognize and service the "suddenly military" families of the National Guard and Reserves.

Five Years & The Future

Since publishing the books, the author has read for children of deployed units around the country, donated books to Family Readiness Groups and the impacted Gulf State libraries. The You're My Hero! books are used by Military Child Education Coalition as part of a package to help train educators to help their students who are coping with deployment. Little Redhaired Girl Publishing plans to release Ferguson-Cohen's new title The Sheltering Oak in 2007. "The Sheltering Oak" is a story of home and transience.

Books for Brats™ series for children of parents in military and public service brought to you by Little Redhaired Girl Publishing. Books for Brats™ titles are available online http://www.booksforbrats.com and through retail stores nationwide and online.

For more information, please contact:    

Cathy Lynn

Little Redhaired Girl Publishing, Inc.

917.640.2844

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