Children's Books Inspire Both Adults and Children to be Happy

I tweeted this tweet today from the Huffingtion Post about a Children's book author and Illustrator who creates text-laden illustrations based on life lessons. The inspirational author and Illustrator, Dallas Clayton, believes in inspiring adults, not just children to be happy. One reason he likes creating children's books instead of fine art is because there are no politics involved, and because more people can have their hands on his books instead of just once person.

He said, "I'm constantly looking to children as a source of new ways to live my life. I think that there's a purity there, an honesty that perhaps has been worn away by the years in adults." I completely agree with him. Kids know how to dream, believe, and play, which I think many adults forget about. I think I can be a kid at heart, but I definitely want to look towards children more for inspiration on living too.

It even says to be inspired by little children in the Bible too: “I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven! Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a child like this in my name welcomes me." (Matthew 18:3-5) NIV. 

I have been struggling a bit with my children's story lately, but I think I may have found some new ways to get back on track again, which I am excited about. And I must finish it, if it doesn't work out, oh well. I am ready to start my next one too. But I really should believe that it will work out and hopefully I will get some good critiques and constructive feedback as well. It is all about believing right, just like I was saying above.

So here's to believing in yourself and working towards your dreams, whether it's creating children's picture books or getting your law degree. Whatever floats your hot air balloon around the world; you have to jump for it.

I like the way Clayton plays with his words too, just like a kid. He is not afraid to jump for it in all honesty and fun. He wants to make more people happy and he doesn't water down adult themes for children. I totally agree with him and hope to create children stories that make both adults and children smile. 

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