New Book Bridges Gap Between Climate Change and Kids’ Questions

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Together, kids and adults can think about what we can do to prevent human contributions to these possibilities.

Current issues surrounding global warming and climate change are confusing for many adults, and a new book is encouraging kids to ask questions.

In The Year the Snow Didn’t Melt, Dr. William Kirmes brings both young readers and parents a resource for questions about climate change. Presenting children with the exciting idea of a never-ending snow day, the book provides an entertaining look into snow-covered baseball and a Halloween winter wonderland. Simultaneously, it creates conversation with parents and teachers about such possibilities.

“The idea is centered on not becoming overwhelmed by threats of global weather change, but learn to accept the possibility,” says Kirmes. “Together, kids and adults can think about what we can do to prevent human contributions to these possibilities.”

The inspiration for the The Year the Snow Didn’t Melt is based on Kirmes’ own experience with severe winters in New Hampshire. Hearing adults talk about how the winters felt longer each year, Kirmes wondered if this idea scared children. He recognized the importance of talking about climate change possibilities with kids, encouraging them to ask questions and think critically.

“The motivation is simple,” says Kirmes. “This book addresses these issues in a way children can relate to, and it has a positive ending. Don’t be frightened about the future.”

About the author

Dr. William Kirmes is an osteopathic physician who has been in practice for more than 30 years. He started out in family practice and emergency room work and later went into private practice again in New Hampshire in a neuromusculoskeletal specialty practice.

Kirmes has served on numerous committees and boards, holding local and regional offices in his profession. He also serves as a preceptor for fourth-year medical students. A grandfather, Kirmes has had the opportunity to read numerous children’s books. The idea for this book, his first, came to him during one of New Hampshire’s severe winters. Kirmes lives with his family in New Hampshire, where he enjoys playing poker and organic gardening.

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Tel: 317.602.7137
Fax: 317.536.3775
Email: jkiefer(at)bohlsenpr(dot)com
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