Interview: Lydia Lukidis (No Bears Allowed)

no bears allowedA few week ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing No Bears Allowed by Lydia Lukidis. It’s a great story of friendship and learning to understand other people’s view points. Don’t forget to check out the full review!

I’ve also had the exciting opportunity to discuss the book with Lydia Lukidis–and I’m sharing that interview with you today!

  1. Was there a particular incident that inspired this story?

NO BEARS ALLOWED was character driven, so the characters emerged before the narrative. Rabbit came to mind first, and I imagined him as reserved and afraid of everything. He lets fear and worry govern his actions. Then I thought it would be interesting to add a bear and somehow have them develop an unlikely friendship.

2.  I love the idea of cultivating empathy. Do you have suggestions for parents about ways to start a conversation on empathy?

As parents, one of our jobs is to help our children be self-aware and cultivate empathy. I think it starts with open communication, talking with your child and asking them to identify how they feel and why, then talking about how we can affect others. Encouraging them to see the other person’s point of view is also helpful, but it all begins with self-love and respect.

3. I know one of your goals is to foster the love of literacy. Again, do you have some quick tips to share with parents?

When your children are young, READ to them as often as you can! Set aside some cuddling time where you can share stories and enjoy each other’s company. After your read a book, engage in conversation. What did they like about the book? What else could have happened in the story? Help them understand how narratives are created, ie. there’s always a central conflict that needs to be resolved. When your children are older and can read on their own, find out what they like and buy/borrow as many books as you can. Encourage them to read every day, and then discuss what they liked about the books after.

 

Sounds like great advice! And NO BEARS ALLOWED might be just the place to get those conversations started!

 

*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.