Eight-Year Old Boy Publishes His First Book

As a music lover, Jared wanted to write a Johnny Cash style song. The resulting music and lyrics grew until they inspired him to compile his first book. With a little help from Mom and an illustrator, seven-year old Jared Tinlin became an author.

Despite the media claiming children no longer play or are as imaginative in this age of video games and computers, one eight-year old boy knows how to use imagination and follow through to create a dream few children realize: Jared Tinlin has published his first children’s book “Hey…Hey…Think Out Loud!” (ISBN 9780984224715, Kid Adventure Pack Publishing, 2009).

After watching the film “Walking the Line,” Jared Tinlin was inspired to try writing a Johnny Cash style song, so his parents bought him a guitar and taught him some chords. Soon Jared was asking Mom for help with spelling words for the lyrics and he had written down verses about a train and the yellow sun along with simple guitar chords over some words. When his mother, Sandra Tinlin, suggested they compile his words into a book, Jared was excited to begin the process.

As Jared wrote, he talked out loud to come up with ideas. The musical rhythm he created and his brainstorming writing process are reflected in the book’s title “Hey…Hey…Think Out Loud!” Expanding upon the Fundations process he learned in kindergarten and first grade, Jared ran through the alphabet to create fun rhyming words. “I wanted to write about things outside,” said Jared in a recent interview. The subjects explored in the book include the sun, a flower, a cloud, a train and a race car. A farmer and a dog are the next animals questioned. Other subjects examined in the book are a standup bass, guitar and a drum set. The book is concluded with a t-shirt, socks and all the subjects of the day.

Jared also wanted the book illustrated. While he drew some pictures originally, he realized he needed help. At his suggestion, his mother and he went on the Internet to find an illustrator. The result was a successful partnership with English illustrator Simon Goodway. The entire publishing process had to be researched and was a true learning experience for Jared and his mother, but both are pleased with the final published product. Sandra Tinlin recently commented about her and her husband’s role in the book’s publication, “the unusual or rare part of this whole process is our willingness as parents to spend such a great amount of time with Jared on HIS interests. We as parents are willing to turn off the television and give up our personal time to focus on both our children’s interests.”

“Hey…Hey…Think Out Loud!” is a fun, rhythmical, beautifully illustrated book suitable for ages 4-8. What perhaps makes it most stand out is that other children, upon learning a seven-year old wrote the book, will be inspired themselves to explore their creativity. Jared reported that after he showed his book to friends at school, “My friends all liked my book and wanted to buy my book. They wanted to write books too. I want to read their books.” And Jared intends to write many more books, including creating a “Hey…Hey” series in the near future.

About the Author

Jared Tinlin is a second grader at Zuni Elementary in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He likes to ride his motorcycle, his bike, and his scooter. He also likes to play basketball and to swing and climb in his backyard. His favorite video games are Star Wars Battlefront, Clone Wars, and Madagascar Escape 2 Africa. He also likes to explore different museums. Jared had three different motorcycles, a blue one, a trials bike, and a small yellow one he gave to his brother Jason. He likes to go motorcrossing with all his family.

“Hey…Hey…Think Out Loud!” (ISBN 9780984224715, Kid Adventure Pack Publishing, 2009) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.kidadventurepack.com. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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Posted On: Albuquerque, NM March 8, 2010

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