Anthony Pearson, Cobb County school counselor since 2005, recently had his first picture book Baby Bear Eats the Night published by Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books of Tarrytown, NY. In his story, a young bear cub is terrified of the night and decides that the best way to overcome his fear is to physically pull the night out of the sky and eat it! While this is his first foray into fiction, he is also the author of the school counselor workbook Guidance with Good Measure (published by Youthlight Books in Chapin, SC).
Mr. Pearson’s two professional passions are school counseling and writing. He is extremely happy that he has found a way to reach high goals in both fields. Regarding writing, Mr. Pearson says, “The Picture Book market is one of the most competitive in the book industry. You have to be willing to face rejection over and over again and be willing to constantly rewrite, reexamine, and redraft your work. Baby Bear Eats the Night went through 18 different drafts before finding its published form. It’s a dream come true to have a story I wrote available for parents and children.”
As for his day job as a school counselor, Mr. Pearson says, “I am excited to go to school every morning. The opportunity to impact student achievement, assist communities, and help create a positive environment in the school is demanding, but also very rewarding. How can someone not love a job where they get a chance to make a difference everyday?”
In June 2012, Mr. Pearson received notice that he was the Georgia School Counselor Association Writer of the Year for 2011-2012. He is currently scheduling readings/performances/signings of Baby Bear Eats the Night, available at major book retailers.