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Beyond the Pen
Nov. 22, 2022

Empowering Empathy: How Peanut the Penguin Teaches Children to Care with Guest Author Aruna Lepore

Empowering Empathy: How Peanut the Penguin Teaches Children to Care with Guest Author Aruna Lepore

In This Episode of Beyond the Pen

We dive into the importance of teaching empathy to our children at a young age. Our guest, Aruna M. Lepore, is a children's author who has created a powerful tool for parents and educators to teach empathy through her book, Peanut the Penguin. Peanut's story takes us on a journey from the penguins of Cape Town, South Africa, to Trinidad, where Aruna was born and raised. We'll discover how Peanut's love for singing and being different teaches children to understand and embrace empathy and how we can all empower others to do the same. Join us as we learn how one simple story can change how we think and interact with the world around us.

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Aruna M Lepore

Author/ Illustrator/ Speaker

An MBA graduate, I was born into an entrepreneurial family on the island of Trinidad (and Tobago). I moved to the US when I was married and began a family. Once motherhood took hold, I embraced it full-time, putting aside the corporate facet of my life. I used every incredible value bestowed on me by my mother to become the best mother I could be to my children. I try to teach them, through example, the importance of empathy, compassion, sacrifice, and unconditional love. I used those values to create stories, one of which was published, has been receiving fantastic feedback and reviews, and has won 3 book awards (The Creative Child Magazine 2022 Book of the Year Award, the Purple Dragonfly Book Award, and the Wishing Shelf Red Ribbon Book Award). I have since become a nursery school assistant teacher and work at an elementary school as a substitute teacher, staying close to my audience. My firm conviction in the benefits of teaching young children empathy, coupled with the values I learned from a strong mother, has allowed me to be a successful author, creating the type of story that is meant to allow the very young reader or listener to feel emotion. This is my goal.