Wendy LaGuardia is the proud mother of 2 children (girl and boy) and resides in northern N.J. She received her Bachelor of Arts from William Paterson University and majored in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Social Behavioral Sciences. Wendy took a special interest in psychology, especially child and developmental psychology.
As Wendy was raising her children, she noticed that some of her children’s peers believed that they could conquer the world, while others were nervous about taking the next step. After conducting her own research and through her personal experiences, it became clear to her that there was a strong correlation between achievement and self-confidence/self-esteem. This motivated Wendy to write a book that not only revealed the impact positive reinforcement in our childhood has on our adult life, but also to provide a venue for parents (parent-child story time) that promoted the very qualities that Wendy believed to be critical to their success and happiness throughout life.
Wendy’s community service and volunteerism has revolved around promoting the growth and development of children and teens. From coaching girls’ basketball and softball to participating in school and church activities, Wendy is highly regarded as a positive contributor to her community and a role model to children. Her hobbies include food and wine pairing, gardening, boating, and travel, particularly to the west coast of Florida.
In addition to Wendy’s passion for writing and her interest in child development, she earned a second degree in Computer Technology and is presently an Information Technology executive in the insurance and financial services industry. Wendy is also a licensed insurance and real estate professional.
Making Kids Feel Special
Children love a great, “feel-good” picture book. It inspires them to achieve, be kind to others, and even love. An inspiring picture book promotes fun, happiness and well-being.
Would You Still Love Me If… is a story about a child who grows from pre-school to adulthood learning important lessons through the power of his Mother’s love. The Mother teaches her child how to overcome life’s little mishaps and that everything is possible when one believes in themselves. The child learns how lovable and special he is, and at the end, gives back to his Mother in a way that will surely touch any reader’s heart.
- Teaches the value of social competence and acceptance
- Promotes self-esteem and self-confidence
- Shows that it's okay to make mistakes
- Has a "feel-good" and emotionally-fulfilling ending
About The Illustrator
Patricia Keeler has illustrated many published children's books such as:
Thank You, Angels (Hay House, 2007)
Drumbeat In Our Feet (Lee & Low, 2006)
African Dance (Lee & Low, 2005)
Car Wash (Lee & Low, 2004)
A Huge Hog is a Big Pig (Greenwillow / Harper Collins, 2002)
Unraveling Fibers (Atheneum Books / Simon and Schuster, 1995)
Looking Inside (Atheneum / Simon and Schuster, 1991)
Patricia has also created a variety of illustrations for magazines, posters, and educational projects with Scholastic GO! Magazine, Skipping Stones Magazine, BrainWorx Studio, Pearson Publications, Victory Productions / Scott Foresman, and Techbooks / GTS / Scott Foresman.
Patricia lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband Francis McCall, photographer and writer. Before coming to Hoboken, she worked in newspaper advertising and was Art Director for PBS Television in Richmond, Virginia.
An example of self confidence…
After the manuscript was written, the text and proposed illustrations for each scene and page were posted on a large bulletin board for discussion and fleshing out the myriad of details.
Wendy is shown at the board reviewing a scene in Patricia's Art studio in Hoboken, NJ.
After each scene is discussed, Patricia takes pencil to paper to draft a sketch of the illustration that needs to brings the words to life.
Wendy creating an image to be used for marketing purposes in
preparation for the SCBWI Winter Conference in NYC.
Wendy and Patricia reviewing details Patricia
added to the Pirate scene.