Maine children’s book author raises money for humanitarian aid in Ukraine with her new book

Shocked and horrified by the violent images of the war in Ukraine that flashed across her Maine television screen, children’s book author and illustrator Sonny Dean wanted to take action. Dean is the granddaughter of WWII survivors from Poland. The crisis in Ukraine and the stories of families torn apart by that war resonated with her personally given her family history. “I think it’s so easy in our society to become completely numb to the things we see on screen and really forget that they’re human beings and it’s something that happens in a world aside – but that could be us,” Dean said. She was able to adapt one of her recent books on the power of individual agency into a story about Ukraine, “We Stand With Ukraine: One Equals Many”. She wanted the book to be published quickly so she could start raising funds. “Even in my own little way, in this little patch of country in Maine, I could do something to help people halfway around the world,” Dean said. All proceeds from the book will be donated to United Nations Crisis Relief Ukraine. In addition to raising money for Ukrainians, Dean also hopes the book will help pierce through a difficult subject and inspire children to take action. “I hope people who read the book take away the message that kids – as young as three years old – can write a letter to their congressman, or organize a fundraiser, or do a lot of things that can make their voices heard,” Dean Son publisher, Little Lambda Books, focuses on educational books for children. They were delighted to support this project as soon as Dean proposed it. “It was a perfect fit to find an organization that really cares about releasing something that has a good message and it really shows kids that they have a lot of power and can really make a difference in the world” “We Stand With Ukraine: One Equals Many” is sold online and will soon be available in Maine stores, Dean said.

Shocked and horrified by the violent images of the war in Ukraine that flashed across her Maine television screen, children’s book author and illustrator Sonny Dean wanted to take action.

Dean is the granddaughter of WWII survivors from Poland. The crisis in Ukraine and the stories of families torn apart by that war resonated with her personally given her family history.

“I think it’s so easy in our society to become completely numb to the things we see on screen and really forget that they’re human beings and it’s something that happens in a world aside – but that could be us,” Dean said.

She was able to adapt one of her recent books on the power of individual agency into a story about Ukraine, “We Stand With Ukraine: One Equals Many”. She wanted the book to be published quickly so she could start raising funds.

“Even in my own way, in this little patch of country in Maine, I could do something to help people halfway around the world,” Dean said.

All proceeds from the book will be donated to United Nations Crisis Relief Ukraine. In addition to raising money for Ukrainians, Dean also hopes the book will help pierce through a difficult subject and inspire children to take action.

“I hope people who read the book take away the message that kids – as young as three years old – can write a letter to their congressman, or organize a fundraiser, or do a lot of things that can make their voices heard,” Dean mentioned.

Its publisher, Little Lambda Books, focuses on educational books for children. They were delighted to support this project as soon as Dean proposed it.

“It was a perfect choice to find an organization that really cares about spreading something that has a good message and really shows kids that they have a lot of power and can really make a difference in the world” , Dean said.

“We Stand With Ukraine: One Equals Many” is sold online and will soon be available in Maine stores.

Grover Z. Barnes