I had a chance to speak with Mike Guardia, the author of the new picture book It’s Snowing in Hawaii. I asked him about writing, time travel, and hidden talents.
Read on for his comments, our thoughts on his book, and a giveaway.
Q & A with Mike Guardia
A. It was inspired by my two little daughters. One winter, they were playing inside and watching a cartoon with a Hawaiian theme. Suddenly, I asked myself: “It’s snowing outside right now…I wonder what would happen if it snowed on the beaches of Hawaii.” At that moment, I knew I had found a good idea for a children’s book.
Q. When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
A. Well, I’ve enjoyed writing for almost as long as I can remember. I knew I wanted to write a book at some point in my life. But when I found the idea for my first book, American Guerrilla, in 2008, that’s when I knew I wanted to be a writer.
Q. Do you have any hidden talents?
A. I color art prints for my daughters. 🙂
Q. Is there anything about writing children’s books you find challenging?
A. I think the biggest challenge for me was morphing my writing style from a “grown-up voice” into a “kids voice.” When I came up with the idea for “It’s Snowing in Hawaii,” I had been writing adult history books for about six years. So I had to ask myself: What would children like to see in a book? What language would they respond to?
Q. What do you love the most about writing for children?
A. I love creating stories that can spark a child’s imagination and help them dive into a world of “make-believe.” I love seeing how kids react to stories that have imaginative premises, silly rhymes, and wondrous illustrations. I think books like these help aid the learning process as they progress into school age. More than anything, I love writing stories that my daughters can enjoy. I wanted them to be able to hold a storybook in their hands and say “My Daddy made this for me.”
Q. If you could visit any place or time, where or when would it be?
A. Gosh, I have to pick just one? I would love to visit the 1940-50s. So many inspirational events occurred during that time.
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Hilary’s Review of It’s Snowing in Hawaii
The book It’s Snowing in Hawaii, by Mike Guardia, is a unique and fun read. With each turn of the page comes an entertaining and educational rhyme of favorite Hawaiian culture and history mixed in with the unusual – snow! It is clever, fun and creative!
The illustrations are detailed and compliment the author’s writing exactly. I especially loved the snowmen wearing grass skirts, seashell buttons, and pineapple eyes.
A whimsical and fun read for all ages and across all states, this book will have you wanting to book your next vacation to Hawaii – sun or snow!
Source: I received a print copy of this book from the author.
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