Type of Work

Research Paper

Publication Date



In this day and age, it is very common for children's media to be viewed as more as a form of distraction rather than a source of education. By taking such a notion into account, this project aims to create a children's book which is not only appealing to younger readers, but also manages to treat them with respect by exploring mature topics and themes. This project is an illustrated, 80-page children's short story which explores natural disasters, sickness, and the importance of family in times of hardship. The story follows a semi-autobiographical retelling of the author's experiences during a series of earthquakes which occurred in Nicaragua in 2014, and during a period in which his grandfather was very sick. These topics were chosen due to how they relate to modern day problems, especially those regarding the recent pandemic; an event which many children are still be processing. Through these experiences, the author creates a story which not only aims to entertain, but also help young readers gain a better understanding of complicated emotions and events.

Hamilton Areas of Study

Literature and Creative Writing

Hamilton Sponsoring Organization

Levitt Public Affairs Center

Hamilton Scholarship Series

Levitt Summer Research Fellowship

Hamilton Faculty Advisor

Margaret Thickstun