Today’s guest on Uncorking a Story, Karen Winnick, reminds me so much of my mother. Both are from Brooklyn and are animal lovers who would rather set a spider free than squish it. But unless my mother has been hiding the fact that she is a successful children’s book author searching to teach children about compassion for animals through her writing, that’s where the similarities may end.
Karen is the author of more than a dozen picture books for children, most of which she illustrated. An animal lover, she serves on several boards devoted to the well-being of animals. She joins me today to talk about her life and latest book, Can You Spot the Leopard?: An African Safari, which was inspired by a real Safari Karen went on before the pandemic.
- How a friend’s eccentric pair of shoes inspired her first attempt at writing an animated children’s book entitled Happy Soles.
- Why she wants to teach children compassion for animals through her picture books.
- The importance of her work giving children a voice.
- How she stayed connected to her passion of reading to children throughout the pandemic, and the new opportunities it brought her.
- What we can learn from disabled animals.
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