Many new authors mull over the writing process for several years before publishing their first book. That’s not the case for Paul Kay, Jr., Clover Park School District’s Highly Capable (Hi Cap) middle school teacher, who spent only a few months writing his newly-published children’s book, “If Trees Could Talk.”
The book, inspired by his twin sons Mike and William, and a familial love for trees—Kay was a lumber salesman before he began teaching and his father spent his career at Weyerhaeuser—is told from the perspective of the trees around us.
If we could, I know we would sing…about the beauty to nature that we trees bring…We grow from our roots; people do too. Roots are where we come from, just like you.
“I believe that trees can tell stories, just like people,” said Kay. “It was so much fun writing this book and sharing it with my boys and my students. I encourage youngsters to put their thoughts down on paper, because they might have the makings of a great book or poem just waiting to be published.”
Kay is currently teaching speech and debate classes for HiCap learners at Mann Middle School. He spends one quarter at each of the district’s middle schools teaching English and math to sixth- through eighth-graders who qualify for the gifted program.
Kay’s book is available for purchase at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.