Jena Ball ..................................
Meet Jena Ball, the kindness lady, creator of CritterKin, of Ricky Robby and Poco Loco books and more . Jena explains animals are part of our families and that is what CritterKin means. As family members pets should be treated with kindness. Learn how Jena takes her messages of kindness far beyond her books with personal appearances and lesson plans that educators can use in the classroom. Jena is an Awesome Animal Advocate because she communicates her message of kindness to animals to children with fantastic results. Her story is one you don't want to miss.
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Jena has been a freelance writer and illustrator for almost 35 years. During that time she focused primarily on environmental, food and memoir writing. She also wrote two syndicated columns and wrestled with more technical cop than she likes to admit.
Then in 2010 she had a conversation with some close friends who were thinking about getting a dog for their kids. This led to a fascinating discussion about what kids could learn from having a pet in their lives. Jena came away from that discussion with three important insights. First, she wanted to write stories that encouraged and nurtured children’s natural love for and fascination with animals. Second, she wanted to write stories that mirrored children’s lives, creating characters with personality quirks, annoying habits and difficult circumstances that they needed to overcome. Finally, she wanted kids to feel and know that animals (critters) were family (kin) – CritterKin!