ReadersMagnet takes a closer look at Jacquelyn Hester Colleton-Akins’ children’s book, Alving Can’t Jump.

Children’s books are essential to the lives of the youth. This encourages literacy and helps in a child’s growth and development. With books, children are not only entertained but are also learning. Dr. Jacquelyn Hester Colleton-Akins writes children’s books with the same goal in mind. She has published seven books in total since 2016. One of her works is Alvin Can’t Jump.

Alvin Can’t Jump

Alvin Can’t Jump is the third book published by Dr. Jacquelyn Hester Colleton-Akins in the year 2019 alone. She has published five books prior to this children’s book. Alvin Can’t Jump is not only authored by Dr. Colleton-Akins but also Elbert Akins III. This picture book is perfect for students in grades 4 to 6 in the age bracket of 9 to 12 years old. This book does not only tell stories but also educates children on plants, animals, and so much more. Dr. Colleton-Akins wrote this book in English, the universal language. This book has only 28 pages to keep it short and keep a child’s attention.

The story is set on a warm and sunny morning at a large pond called Maybank pond. Alvin Can’t Jump is a story about Alvin. Alvin has gone through every kind of obstacles, trials, and tribulations. However, he is still kind and humble. But why is this so? It is because of his mother. His mother would always use physical punishment on him. Every punishment he received causes him bodily harm. Later on, somebody came along and accepted him.

Similar to other works Dr. Colleton-Akins has written, Alvin Can’t Jump imparts lessons to its readers. One lesson taught in this book is that despite all the hurt, one must remain humble and kind. Thus, terminating the vicious cycle of abuse.

About Jacquelyn Hester Colleton-Akins

Author Dr. Jacquelyn Hester Colleton-Akins was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. As of December 2013, she moved to Walterboro, South Carolina to take joy in the countryside and plant different fruits and vegetables. She began her journey of education in several colleges and universities. And with her hard work, she is now a Ph.D. holder. She is a proud mother of four children and grandmother to six grandchildren. She is the private owner of Hester Tutoring Program located in Jacksonville, Florida, and Walterboro, South Carolina. She is also the director of the said institution. With her background and job, this gives her the opportunity to venture different challenges in the minds of the youth to associate them in the complex society we live in. Her institution is a building block of educational goals and objectives of students from different grade levels and from GED. With the learning endeavors, the youth will be able to go into the world and grow into men and women that can share their personal stories with others.

Dr. Colleton-Akins relishes being a servant to the displaced, cancer patients at the Medical University of South Carolina, and nursing homes. In addition, Dr. Colleton-Akins loves to visit various schools and correctional institutions to share stories with young people and she takes time to listen to their stories.

She discovered her passion for writing at the age of three with the help of her father. Her father helped her by using interesting life stories as a fun time every Friday night for a family gathering. She is not new in the writing industry. She has published numerous books including E-Babe, Two Trees, My Experience, and Prediction Stories