Retired teacher breaks into world of children's book writing

A former teacher and principal broke into the world of children's book writing and is trying to spread the word about her first book Baizden Goes to School.

Posted: Mar. 27, 2019 7:32 PM
Updated: Mar. 28, 2019 6:29 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A former teacher and principal broke into the world of children's book writing and is trying to spread the word about her first book Baizden Goes to School. 

Sleet wrote the book with one goal in mind. 

"I just want children to be so excited about literacy," she said. 

After being rejected five times, she finally got her first book published. It's the story of a dog, Baizden, who was inspired by her daughter's Shih Tzu. 

"It took me about six months to actually write the story, and then once I contacted an illustrator, it took us another six months to get the characters correct and all that," she said. 

Baizden learns patience and understanding in the classroom, a lesson Sleet hopes kids will also learn from the book. 

"An example I gave the last class I read the book to was you have to demonstrate self control when you want to talk when your teach is instructing, versus listening. So that takes self control to do that. That's what Baizden demonstrates in the story." 

The book also features a list of vocab words and a bookmark, so kids can continue to read. 

"And it's not just a book that you read once. It's a book that you revisit with your child when incidents happen in their life." 

Sleet's book is available on Amazon for $12.00. she'll be holding a book signing at The Friendly Fox on May 11th. 

She's also currently working on her second book, but hasn't released the details. 

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