'My Body is Special,' is the first book of a six part - 'Let's Talk About It' series designed to end child sexual abuse. Eva, the main character of the book, shares a conversation that she had with her mother about body safety with readers. She explains the importance of taking good care of our bodies. She also warns readers about persons who would want to engage in unhealthy touches with children. By the end of the book, Eva has given each reader the tools to determine; what to say, what to do, where to go and who to tell if they ever encounter a person who has a 'bad touch' on the agenda. The hope is that parents and other loving adults will engage this sensitive subject with children in a way that affirms child safety and empowerment. This book is written specifically for 5 to 7 year old children but can be shared with children of all ages.
The Let’s Talk About It (LTAI) book series addresses important but challenging topics for children and adults in an effort to end child sexual abuse. These books will equip children with tools necessary to protect themselves from physical, mental, psychological and sexual abuse. Intended to open the lines of communication between adults and children; LTAI books will lead to empowering conversations on ‘taboo’ topics that will decrease abuse against children. The initial six part series; which will include three books about girls and three books about boys, focuses on the prevention of sexual violence against children. In the first book, “My Body is Special,” Eva empowers other children to take ownership of their bodies and provides them with problem solving tools to help prevent an unhealthy touch. Eva teaches children what to say, what to do, where to go and who to tell if they ever feel unsafe around another person. The goal of the book is for each child who encounters this book to develop their own individual personal plan of action to prevent this type of abuse.
About the author
Educator, Innovator, and game changer, LaKeesha Walrond, Ph.D. is one of the most sought after speakers in the nation. Her reach extends from several religious denominations and colleges and universities, to global missions in India, South Africa, Canada and the Caribbean.
Dr. Walrond is an educator deeply committed to child advocacy. She is a veteran of the North Carolina public school system where she work for over a decade as a teacher, coordinator for special education programs, assistant principal, and principal of a local elementary school. Dr. Walrond earned her Ph.D. in special Education and Literacy, as well as two Masters degrees in Education and School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.