Meet Selina Wolfcat, Author of The ABC Book of Goddesses
SW: I am a mother of two kids and wife to the best ogre in the world, living in the rural Midwest. I have the heart of an activist and am always trying to learn about other cultures, religions and minorities. I share what I learn with my kids so they can grow up with minds wide open to the diversity that surrounds them. I'm a part-time stay-home mom, part-time barista, full-time foodie, and all-the-time weird and unusual.
SW: I was looking for books that would introduce my (then very young) kids to the cultural and historical religious diversity that I didn't get to learn about until I was in college. I wanted something that was purely enjoyable and informative, not religious-specific, and I wasn't finding anything like that. I figured that if I was looking for something and not finding it, I should just go ahead and write it myself.
BBB: What do you think children will enjoy most about your book?
SW: The illustrations are great and the rhyming verse is simple but informative. However, I think the best part is the conversations that come from reading the book. Several readers have mentioned that their kids start talking about the goddesses in the book and ask questions about them. One, in particular, said that the variety of female role models was great for her daughter's self-image.
SW: I'm working with the publisher to get the sequal, The ABC Book of Gods, illustrated. The diversity of cultures in the gods' book is even greater than in the goddess' book! I'm writing The ABC Book of Norse, which focuses on the gods, heros, items and ideas from Norse Mythology. It's a great start for learning about the Norse and Heathen stories. Outside of the ABC series, I'm working on a series for preschoolers called Inky the Cat, a little black kitten with magic powers who helps her little girl learn about unicorns, fairies and other magical creatures.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
SW: The easiest way to keep up with my work is to follow me on Twitter (@Kalisara_DSP) or on FB (https://www.facebook.com/PaganChildrensBooks). You can also sign up for my newsletter on the FB page to get updates directly to your email.