We’re celebrating #WorldKindnessDay (November 13) all week! Amber Hendricks, the author of Extraordinary Ordinary Ella, is here to talk about writing, kindness, and Ella.
Q: Amber, what inspired you to write Extraordinary Ordinary Ella?
AH: Growing up, I felt just like Ella. While I was good at most things, I never excelled in anything and I yearned for something to make me special. What I wish I knew then and what I hope kids see now, is just how extraordinary ordinary can be!
Q: What’s your favorite scene in the book? Did it look how you imagined it?
AH: It’s so hard to pick a favorite as Luciana did such a phenomenal job of bringing my words to life. I love the spread where Ella tries and fails at multiple talents only to discover opportunities to help her friends. Luciana blew me away with how well she interpreted and illustrated the scene.
Q: What was your favorite book that you read as a child?
AH: I loved the Boxcar Children books! There was something so appealing about a group of intrepid siblings going on adventures and solving mysteries.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
AH: Keep going! Keep pushing, honing, and growing as an author. Your yes may be just around the corner!
Q: What do you hope people learn from reading Extraordinary Ordinary Ella?
AH: Simple, ordinary acts of kindness cost nothing and can have an extraordinary impact!
To encourage kids to do their own acts of kindness, check out the kindness journal and certificate at the illustrator’s website.