TYLER — Seventh-grade teacher Tasha Marsh and her fourth-grade daughter, Miranda, like many, have had a lot of free time on their hands during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During their break from face-to-face classes at Tyler Classical Academy charter school, the mom and daughter were inspired to write a children’s book together to help young children understand social distancing. The proceeds from the book will be donated to ChildHelp, an organization dedicated to aiding victims of child abuse.
“I used to work for Child Protective Services, so this cause is near and dear to my heart,” Marsh said. “Miranda and I like creating stories and come up with stories a lot. We wanted to come up with one to help children understand social distancing, and we came up with the book ‘Hello Sunshine.’ ”
Marsh said the book is about a little boy who starts finding out about social distancing and has questions. He doesn’t understand words like quarantine and is concerned that school is closed. He hears his parents talking but doesn’t understand. He begins to talk to his friend the sun, and they go on adventures together and decide to have fun, knowing that life will return back to normal soon.
“We had a lot of fun writing the book together,” the mom said. “Miranda did most of the illustrations. We are hoping the book is successful so that we can raise money for the ChildHelp organization and help victims of child abuse.”
A digital copy is available at Amazon.com.
Marsh said a hard copy will available soon. For information and updates about the project, go to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TashaAndMiranda .