Lauren Flake, the Buda woman who helped to raise over $145,000 for Hays County flood recovery with sales of her “Texas Strong” t-shirts in 2015, has published her second children’s book for grieving families entitled, Where Did My Sweet Grandpa Go?: A Preschooler’s Guide to Losing a Loved One.
Written initially as a poem to help her young daughters understand the loss of Flake’s mom, Dixie Benton Stucky, in 2013, the new book and its 2016 predecessor, Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go?, gently leads little ones and their parents into meaningful conversations about death, grief, and eternal love. Questions, activities, Bible passages and resources in the included Parents’ Guide reinforce the books’ comforting message of legacy and hope.
Flake, who also writes a blog entitled “Love of Dixie,” not only wrote the books but illustrated the pages as well, that is with a little help from her mom. Many of the illustrations in the books are replicas of artwork done by Stucky before she lost her battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
“Losing my maternal grandfather immediately following the release of ‘Sweet Grandma’ inspired me to create a second version of the book,” said Flake. “My prayer is that both of these books would bring healing to hurting and confused preschoolers and the adults who care for them.”
Flake’s first children’s book, Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go?: A Preschooler’s Guide to Losing a Loved One, was recently named a Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist. Coloring pages based on the books’ illustrations and additional resources for grieving families are available at LaurenFlake.com.
Where Did My Sweet Grandpa Go?, and its award-winning companion, are available online at Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com, as well as locally at The Stitch Shoppe and Shops on Main in Buda and at Milagros Religious Gifts & More in Kyle. Milagros will host a launch party and book signing, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Alzheimer’s Texas, on Saturday, June 10 at 10 a.m.