But Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:14 KJV)
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Avalon S. Brown recalls like yesterday when she visited a book expo.
It wasn’t long thereafter that God strategically introduced to her an awe-inspiring vision.
“I was at a book expo and was walking around to other vendor tables when I stopped to talk to a school teacher from my town,” Brown, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, recalling a conversion with New Jersey educator Cheryl Bonnie Filipak. I told her I was a nurse and she suggested I should write a children book in my field that could go into the schools.
“It was not the direction I was going, but I went back to my table and started thinking about what I could write. I thought about one of my granddaughters who always seem to have a cold off and on during the year and came up with the title at that moment.”
And the rest, as they say, was history.
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And just like that, Brown’s second of four books she composed in 2019 had become a much-anticipated reality.
The title: Mommy Why Do I Have A Cold?
A remarkably compelling book that made its official release on July 5, 2019, Brown’s Mommy Why Do I Have A Cold? vividly chronicles the story of Soulette whom, according to this Newark, New Jersey-based author, “is not feeling well today,” as mentioned in a detailed overview at Amazon.com. In a nutshell, according to an Amazon spokesperson for Brown’s children’s book, “Mommy thinks she is coming with a cold. Mommy gets her Nanna to explain the different events that may cause a person to come down with a cold.”
Having served as a nurse for nearly four decades, Brown has worked in a variety of fields in her chosen profession. She currently works in the field of Infection Prevention.
When asked why she deemed it necessary compose Mommy Why Do I Have A Cold?, Brown alluded to the fact that the annual — and dreaded — flu season was looming.
“As an Infection Preventionist, we do a lot of training staff on how to properly wash their hands and use Personal Protective Equipment (or PPE),” Brown explained. “I felt this was the opportune time to put this book out. The book would be an education tool to teach children the possibility of how they might have caught a cold.”
As it turned out, Brown’s featured children’s book is as good as advertised, considering she was in high demand to promote it, particularly before the coronavirus outbreak surfaced, thus changing the world as we know it.
“Before COVID-19, I had been invited a couple of times to read the book to group of children, one opportunity for at the East Orange, New Jersey library,” Brown recalls. “After the reading, I gave away a couple of books by pulling the children’s names. At the end of the session, one of the little boys came up to me and said, ‘Look Miss Brown, I am zipping up my coat and making sure I put on my hat.’ That touched my heart because he showed me he was listening to the story and not just sitting in the group.”
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Much to Brown’s delight, other opportunities to read and promote her book to the masses would ultimately come to fruition.
“For the past two years, I have been invited by the CEO Renaee Perrier-Smith of the Elizabeth NJ Coalition for the Homeless to read to the children during the month of Read Across American,” Brown said. “I could tell the children enjoyed the story, because the children gave feedback on what they remembered about the story. The Coalition bought my books and passed them out to the children.”
What a difference attending that book expo has made.
“Although the book has been written for children, all ages can get pointers from the book as well,” Brown said. “We all need to follow some of the suggestions in the book to potentially reduce the chances of catching colds, the flu, and other respiratory illnesses. Sometimes, we as parents, have such a busy schedule, taking care of the home and the children, etc., that we make forget to stop and tell our children about the little things that seem unimportant, but (things that could have) a great impact on our health. I want people to see this book as a fun book as well as an educational book.”
Having composed or contributed to 11 books to date, Brown made her authorship debut in 2012 with the release of It was The Devil All Along.
Her other written works include:
- My Two Bishops & Mother, released in 2017
- Ben There’s A Mouse In The House, released in 2019
- My Dad & The Big Machine, which debuted in 2019
- That Need Is Not For Me, which debuted in 2019
- The Church That I Love, released in 2020
- The Pivot, an anthology that debuted in 2020
- Daughters Of A King and Single, Saved Struggle (audio book version), anthologies that debuted in 2021 and,
- Finding Joy In the Journey Vol 2 Healthy Ways to Find Joy During Difficult Times 90 Day Devotional, released in 2021.
A four-time Amazon No. 1 International Bestselling author, Brown is convinced of the notion that her children’s book aligns with her God-given purpose.
“Leaving my job as a dialysis supervisor for 20 years, I had no idea what direction I would go,” Brown said. “And God dropped this job as an infection preventionist in my lap two years ago in a hospital I said I would never work. You could say (it happened) just in time for COVID-19. Giving and training people about protecting and keeping themselves and others safe, I believe the nurse I am today is because nursing is my passion.
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“Since I was young, watching those nurses on television made me set (my focus on) being a nurse for my goal,” Brown continued. “Although in the beginning registering for nursing program, I was told I shouldn’t go for nursing because I look more like a secretary. I didn’t let it stop me from achieving to be a nurse. I have been a nurse for 39 years now, and if I must toot my own horn, I can say God made me a great nurse with patience and compassion for all people.”
As evidenced by the attentive child who wasted little time zipping up his coat.
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