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The COVID pandemic has been a challenging time for us all including with baby bonding and many of us have needed to find new ways to keep ourselves engaged and busy whilst stuck in our homes for long periods.
This week’s guest, Aruna Lepore, is a mom of two and found herself in this exact situation and decided to embark on a journey as a writer. She even painted all the illustrations for her book, Peanut the Penguin and the book is already winning awards including the prestigious Creative Child Magazine 2022 Book of the Year Award, the Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Award and was the Wishing Shelf Book Award Red Ribbon Winner.
Aruna has strong views on parenting and baby bonding and you’ll hear her recount her experiences from her two children’s early days and how she built an inseparable bond and attachment with them.
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About Aruna M. Lepore
Aruna M. Lepore, who grew up in the Caribbean (Trinidad), never thought that her passive dream of writing would become a reality. A daughter of entrepreneurs, her professional life revolved around their family business. It was only when she had her first of two children that she hung up the corporate hat and discovered that the joy of motherhood would be the impetus for writing her first children’s book.
It was during the static pandemic year that a publishing opportunity presented itself for her to turn a passive passion into reality. She used her appetite for story-telling and writing, her love of painting, and her children’s undying belief in her, and focused it all into creating her first picture book, Peanut the Penguin. The story reflects her softer side, having, herself, grown up in a loving home. The vibrant illustrations reflect the influence of growing up on a kaleidoscopic island.