Ava the Monster Slayer was inspired by my youngest daughters brave spirit but it was also important to include what made her so unique; her glasses. Ava has an eye disorder called accommodative esotropia; eye crossing that is caused by the focusing efforts of the eyes as they try to see clearly. And while she has undergone surgery on both eyes, and may require one more, glasses will be a part of her life, the rest of her life. And that’s just fine! She can see and because of the surgery, developed fine depth perception—so no monster will go unnoticed! Because Ava required glasses since age two, I saw that in children’s literature, kids who wear glasses were being represented as “book worms.” But I also wanted to see kids being represented as feisty and having a warrior spirit. Just like Ava.
Here is the day that the idea for Ava the Monster Slayer; A Warrior who Wears Glasses popped into my head. Ava was three and playing with her older brother, looking very tough in her new glasses!

Photo: Ava the Monster Slayer was inspired by my youngest daughters brave spirit but it was also important to include what made her so unique; her glasses. Ava has an eye disorder called accommodative esotropia; eye crossing that is caused by the focusing efforts of the eyes as they try to see clearly. And while she has undergone surgery on both eyes, and may require one more, glasses will be a part of her life, the rest of her life. And that's just fine! She can see and because of the surgery, developed fine depth perception---so no monster will go unnoticed! Because Ava required glasses since age two, I saw that in children's literature, kids who wear glasses were being represented as "book worms."  But I also wanted to see kids being represented as feisty and having a warrior spirit. Just like Ava.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Here is the day that the idea for Ava the Monster Slayer popped into my head. Ava was three and playing with her older brother, looking very tough in her new glasses!

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