OAPSchat Community – Editorial – Learn with Alex and Anna

Peter Hayward

It’s funny how one event can become the catalyst to change your life. This was the case in 2010 when that unpronounceable Icelandic volcano erupted, throwing airlines and air travel into disarray.

I was in England visiting my family and couldn’t return to my home in Spain. What had seemed like a slight inconvenience, turned out to be one of the most important periods of my whole life.

Spending extra quality time with my grandson, Ashley, the seeds of ‘Learn with Alex and Anna’ were sown. Telling him countless stories, I was rewarded each time with: “That was a great story, Granddad”. From this point, my stories for children began.

I wrote a few stories with Ashley as the main character, later adding my granddaughter, Lilly, when she was born. A few people then read the stories and encouraged me to publish them. Watching some parents interact with their children, I realised that some adults needed educating just as much as some children. So, I changed the ethos of the series and Learn with Alex and Anna, educational stories for children, began to take form

Living in Spain, I joined Wordplay Writers, engaged an editor, taught myself to draw, designed the book, learnt how to format, then self-published. Hey presto, six years later, fourteen books have now been published and printed.

The Learn with Alex and Anna series of stories are essentially educational, and through them your child will discover lots of new and interesting facts, concepts and information. Each story is written around a basis of positive family and personal values. They are not gender specific, and offer challenging words to enable children to stretch their vocabulary.

Written for children six years plus, they encourage grownups to read to their children, to learn things together. As a child’s reading age improves they can read the stories themselves. Older people with learning difficulties and a young reading age could also benefit from these books.

Alex and Anna’s Acorn Helps the World: Children discover the importance of trees for humans, wildlife and the fairies, and how photosynthesis works.

Drummond Marvin; Author/playwright:
‘I am 82 years of age …….. I have just put down ‘Alex and Anna’s Acorn Helps the World.’ ……. Your combination of fact and fiction provides an easy read, which is both interesting and educational – and not only to the child!’

Amazon review: Oscar Medrano; USA:
‘Excellent line of children’s books that is not only educational but easy to read and follow. Great for families and children as it teaches life lessons on family, keeping our world clean, sciences, and wildlife.
Our grandchildren enjoy the books as much as we enjoy reading to them. Simple, true and good morals for children to learn’.

Peter Hayward BBQ

BBQ Time: Children learn how too much sugar affects teeth and health; to eat a mixture of nutritional foods; the importance of exercise to prevent bad health, obesity and diabetes.

Rose Palmer, Librarian, Oaks Primary School, Ipswich:
“This book provides a very thorough education on health, healthy eating and food hygiene, told through a charming story of everyday life. It is a useful resource for teaching simple biology and food technology, and the importance of good nutrition.”

Professor Paul Gately Leeds Beckett University, professor in childhood obesity:

‘Many thanks for BBQ Time. It looks great. Good luck with what looks like a great resource’.

Martin Bertuse, 8 years: Dunaujvaros, Hungary:
“I like to read Learn with Alex and Anna books because they are interesting. BBQ Time is one of my favourite. Since I have read this book I have started to eat more healthy food.”

Peter Hayward Safety

Seatbelt Safety: Educates children about seatbelt safety; empowers children to ensure their driver travels at a safe speed; instructs children to alight onto the footpath.

Nick Lloyd, Road Safety Manager, RoSPA:
‘A nice story using positive reinforcement. Excellent to mention about getting out kerb side and why’.

HRH Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall, sent me a lovely letter wishing me every success.

The Dept. of Education: [we] ‘are always interested in authors who aim to improve the educational experience of children’.

Ashley and Lilly hope that through their, Learn with Alex and Anna stories, your child will have just as much fun learning, as they still do, while growing up.

My website provides ongoing relations with children’s charities, hospitals and schools. One primary school is using the books to help vulnerable families.

Individual books are available from Amazon via www.learnwithalexandanna.com. Groups, schools or organisations who wish to purchase in bulk can contact me via my website for discounted options. I also run a Facebook for Learn with Alex and Anna, https://www.facebook.com/learnwithalexandanna/