Anyone with siblings can attest to the fact that sometimes just wading through their bedrooms can be challenging. Canyon Country resident Laura Holton reminds us what that feels like in her new book, “My Little Brother’s Dirty Room.”
The book’s journey through the main character’s unkempt room brings to life the childhood Holton experienced, mostly here in Canyon Country.
“I believe childhood is amongst the most special and magical times in a person’s life,” said Holton. “It is a time when everything is so exciting and brand new. Children are free to be silly, creative, and to let their imaginations run wild. They are not yet jaded by the constant rat race of survival that can consume so much of adult life.”
The author moved to Canyon Country with her family when she was 10 years old. “I love the Santa Clarita Valley because it is a very close-knit, family-oriented community. It is also a very safe community that enables children to be children,” said the author. “I came from an area that was not safe. When I came to Santa Clarita I could play outside all day long with the other neighborhood kids, so long as I was back before dark. It was a lovely experience. The schools are also very good as well.”
Holton attended Rio Vista Elementary, La Mesa Junior High School, Canyon High School, Charter College, and College of the Canyons. She is a licensed vocational nurse, and she enjoys music, dancing and comedy. Her main hobby is writing, of course.
“Children’s literature, picture books in particular, takes the magical innocence of youth and gives it permanence,” said Holton. “As adults, we can always pick up our favorite picture book our parents read to us, and be instantly taken back to sweet memories of how we felt, where we were, and who we were with when it was being read to us. Those same sweet memories are recreated when we share those same books with our children, and they with theirs … children’s picture books are unique in that they are capable of combining two art forms, (literature and visual art), into one medium.”
Laura Holton is married to Samuel Kaddu, a self-employed accountant. The couple has a 16-year-old son, Brian Kaddu, who is a junior at Golden Valley High School, where he plays trumpet in the band. They also have a three-year-old son, Elliott Kaddu.
“My Little Brother’s Dirty Room” is available on amazon.com and createspace.com. It will also be available on children’s Kindle by mid-December. The Open Book bookstore on Town Center Drive at the Valencia Mall will also carry the book.