Switching it up this week to a Super Dad and new author Joe Khoury. He is taking real life lessons and turning them into children’s stories.
Each book follows Anthony and Mia (his real life children’s names) as they learn important values they will need to take to heart as they grow up. Whether it’s courage, kindness or the importance of family, the reader explores these concepts thru engaging stories set in the midst of a loving family environment.
The tales avoid lecturing or preaching to the readers. Rather, these lovely stories make their ideas very real and accessible by placing them firmly in a world that young readers can relate to and can understand. By reading these enchanting tales with their parents, children will learn about important core values and will be keen to emulate their new friends, Mia and Anthony.
And the best part about Joe; he doesn’t just write about these topics he lives them daily. He is one of the nicest and most real guy you will ever meet!
In the first book in a new early reader series, Mia and Anthony and the Hidden Treasures: A Big, Brave Heart, a father provides his energetic twins, Mia and Anthony, with the insight to understand what it truly means to be brave.
It’s dress-up day at school and Mia and Anthony have decided to go as superheroes: The Terrific Twins. When they share with their dad that they aren’t ‘real’ superheroes because they are not super brave, strong, or invisible, he shares some wisdom: “Being brave isn’t about how you feel. It’s about what you do.” He then provides them with a diary and a pencil to journal moments of brave doings. Before
too long, the twins begin noticing that they do exhibit everyday bravery. They discover that a costume is not required to be a superhero; bravery comes from the heart and desire to make the world a better place.
Author Joe Khoury imparts clear, core values in his story and readers ages four through nine are bound to walk away with some newfound knowledge. These little life lessons are enlightening, educational, actionable, and relatable: The twins invite a new boy to sit with them at school and they defend their friend Stella from a pair of mean girls. They also apologize for a wrongdoing and even stand up to an adult at fault. There is a clever round-up of all the life lessons in the final pages and it is sure to inspire readers to write down their own list of daily brave actions.
Mia and Anthony and the Hidden Treasures: A Big, Brave Heart is a good choice for starting thoughtful conversations and for affirming how readers can take positive actions in their own lives to make the world a better place.
Today we continue our father of twins interview series with Joe Khoury, father of boy/girl twins and author
of the “Mia & Anthony and the Hidden Treasures” Children Book Series. Listen as we explore his twin parenting journey, including:
Finding out you’re having twins when you already have four stepchildren
Mixed emotions about having twins
Making it feel like one family
How older kids can help with twins (teenager siblings)