Lisa Wiehebrink is a proud stay-at-home mom and children’s book author. Love Me Gently, her first book, was published in 2012. It was her love for animals and personal experience raising children that first motivated her to write about the profound connection of the two. She believes that by caring for a pet, children learn important life lessons such as kindness, patience, unconditional love, compassion, and empathy. These lessons help them relate to the people in their lives from childhood through adolescence to adulthood.
Lisa founded The Yellow Heart to inspire and encourage children to be kind to all living things. Lisa believes, “Our world is fast becoming more violent, segregated, and angry. These behaviors are learned at an early age resulting in an epidemic of bullying and childhood depression. For our children’s sake and their future, we need to get back to basic human kindness so we can stop the cycle. Society can help set the tone through example and by reinforcing positive behaviors. Kindness is contagious, and its momentum will change the world for the better.”
Lisa developed the Love Me Gently HUMANe Education® program for anyone looking for a creative method to teach the concept of kindness to young children. It aims to develop social/emotional growth by showing children how their actions directly impact others in addition to themselves. Her books, Love Me Gently© and Gray Whiskers©, help to accomplish this goal by cleverly bridging and uniquely parallelling the relationship between animals and people as pets are often the first relationship in a child’s life.
Lisa was delighted to provide professional internship opportunities to two very talented art students. Eleanor Harbison, a graduate of Orange Coast College, illustrated Love Me Gently and may be contacted via www.eleanorharbison.com. Karen Gilstrap, a graduate of California State University Fullerton, illustrated Gray Whiskers and may be contacted via www.karengilstrap.com.
Lisa graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Communications degree and earned a writing scholarship from Orange Coast College. She lives in southern California with her family and three rescue dogs and is an advocate for animal adoption and fostering.
Contact Lisa for information about book readings, book signings, and anything KIND!
The Yellow Heart, Inc.
P.O. Box 29163
Anaheim, CA 92809