Author Spotlight: Jennifer Misener

This year, I partnered with a number of indie authors to share their stories, promote early literacy and expand our home library program to serve under resourced children across the GTA. 

Meet Jen:

About the book: 

Brian is a brain and he has a big day ahead of him! His human is named Ryan, and it is Brian’s job to make sure his human gets out of bed, eats a healthy breakfast, crosses the street safely, and figures out all of the problems he has to solve! Children will follow Ryan along throughout his day while Brian teaches them exactly what their most important organ is for. They will learn that the brain has a whole bunch of different parts that each have different jobs, that neurons carry messages all over the body, and why it is so important to eat and sleep.

Jennifer’s inspiration: 

I started teaching kids about their brain in January 2020. It is something that I have wanted to do for a long time, but at first I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a popular topic. I am a preschool teacher and wanted to find a resource that would help even the youngest learners understand how their brain works, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for.

The concept of the book was fueled by the pandemic because all of a sudden writing the book went from a fun project to something that felt like a necessity. I started looking for more ways to expand my reach, including public speaking opportunities, because I felt like the message that the brain is plastic and resilient needed to be heard by as many people as possible.

When I was in school I found it difficult to pay attention in class or get my homework done (it took me about three times the amount of time the teacher said it was “supposed to”) but when I took my first psychology class in University that all changed. I was able to learn and recognize my own strengths, and I started studying smarter. I have since learned that what I was struggling with as a child are all symptoms of ADHD. I can’t help but feel that understanding how my brain worked helped me turn my struggles into strengths.

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