One can recall a favorite book you had as a kid or one of your kids want to hear it over and over. And over. Thousands of children’s books are published each year. These stories, which set the stage for a lifetime of reading, are often straightforward. But publishers say that doesn’t mean they’re easy to write. An editor once said that a good picture book tells a compelling story in thirty-two pages, which is very difficult to do. It’s a competitive industry for sure—and a genre that many think is a “no brainer” because of the low word count. But not so. Beloved children’s books offer a subtly complex blend of several traits that captivate a child and introduce them to a love of reading. This holds true for Kiskwar Mirza’s Stories and Poems from a Grandmother’s Heart.     

Stories and Poems from a Grandmother’s Heart by Kishwar Mirza is a collection of stories and poems that celebrate the joy of being a child. With silly rhymes and more serious topics, letters of the alphabet come alive while barnyard and woodland creatures have new adventures. The book celebrates nature, beauty, and fun with playfulness and curiosity. Its short stories and poems can engage children for hours as many of its contents are about nature. The book also uses animal characters to capture children’s behavior and responses. Nature is essential, and we should respect it.

Further, the book is also about being a child – curious with a colorful imagination. Mirza’s book is greater than the sum of its parts like a piece of art. It is honest, has a sense of wonder, and respects a young child. The text and illustrations are integrated to raise the quality of the book.     

Mirza’s Stories and Poems from a Grandmother’s Heart is a beautiful children’s book. No matter how complex or straightforward the contents are, it offers a sense of joy. It can make your kids laugh or cry by giving them a character they want to care about. This is because the language itself can connect emotionally to a young mind. Writers say that children’s books are challenging to write because they must convey an entire story using very few words. Does the language show respect for the reader? Children love the security of predictable books with rhythm and repetition.  

Moreover, this book can teach simple concepts about numbers, letters, or colors — OR they can teach about diversity, love, manners, and acceptance. It tells just as much story through the artwork. Mirza offered her young readers an opportunity to expand their minds through interesting poetic language, fun alliteration, advanced vocabulary, and the likes. 

You will be smitten with the work of Kishwar Mirza, who is a brilliant author when it comes to what the industry calls “concept books.” Remember, selecting good books is one of the best ways to nurture young children. Reading aloud shows affection, caring, and a desire to connect and have fun. It is a parent’s chance to be wholly present and attuned to each child. 

 About Kishwar Mirza

Kishwar Mirza has worked as both a teacher and a pediatric nurse. She has a Master’s degree in Education. Mirza loves writing, baking, and being around children, with whom she’s passionate about sharing positive messages through stories and poems. She lives in Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba in Canada, where she keeps busy enjoying time with her granddaughter. Stories and Poems from Mina’s Grandmother’s Heart is Mirza’s first book.  

Further, a percentage of her book sales will support vital programs at the Children’s Hospital Foundation in Winnipeg.