Caitlin Friedman is a marketing professional, author and illustrator. She is the co-author with Kimberly Yorio of The Girl’s Guide series. The four titles guiding woman to professional success include the bestseller The Girl’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business, which was inspired by her experience as the co-ownder of YC Media, a lifestyle public relations agency. She has appeared on the Today show and has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Parade, and Shape. Her writing has appeared in The New York Post, Women’s Day, the Huffington Post and Publishers Weekly. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and seven year old twins.
In October she released a children’s book, How to Feed a Hungry Giant. This picture book with interactive surprises like a pull-tab draining a pool full of chocolate milk, an open cabinet door revealing Oscar’s dog, Cowgirl and several colossal pop-ups fit for a giant! Read our review here.
Here is a Q&A with Friedman regarding How to Feed a Hungry Giant:
Q: What was the inspiration behind the story?
A: The story is about a little boy helping to feed a lonely, hungry giant he finds sitting in his backyard. Oscar has a big heart and so does his mother…and at no point are they scared by the giant’s size. I used this story and Oscar’s instinct to help to talk to my kids about the opportunities they have in their day to help those around them. I also talked to them about thinking a little bigger…yes, you can help the boy in your class pour his milk AND you can help a boy you have never met by donating a can of food. If you are lucky enough to have what you need then you have a responsibility to help those that don’t.
A: Take a moment to talk to your children about the issue of hunger, take a moment to teach your children to be grateful for the food in front of them and the family around them. If you are lucky enough to have what you need then you have a responsibility to help those that don’t. You could even have your children start their own food drive. Little kids LOVE looking through cabinets and finding things to donate. If they feel a part of it and like what they are doing is making a difference they will experience the joy of helping others.
A: None of the recipes are particularly difficult. If you have small children then pick the tasks that don’t require being near the stove or any sharp objects. Pouring flour, mixing ingredients, breaking eggs…are all great tasks for kids.
A: I have to say that the giant chocolate chip cookie was a big hit. 1.) It’s tasty. 2.) It’s big.
A: We try to find a task for the kids to take on during every meal. It could be something small like tossing the salad or something bigger, like rolling out dough. Believe me, our meals are nothing fancy during the week, but we do think it’s a nice thing to get the kids involved.