Santosh the Little Elephant

Award-winning Author, Educator and Literacy Advocate Gilbert-Ian Rueda invites you to experience a magical and imaginative world as he presents his children's book, perfect for 5-9 year olds. 

I HAVE TWO PASSIONS: TEACHING AND WRITING

"AS AN EDUCATOR OF YOUNG CHILDREN, I BELIEVE THEY SHOULD BE PROVIDED WITH REAL LIFE, WORLD EXPERIENCES THEY CAN CONNECT TO. THEY SHOULD HAVE STORIES THAT BUILD CHARACTER, STORIES THAT PROVIDE A LASTING TAKE-AWAY, THAT WILL BE MEMORABLE AND INFLUENTIAL IN THEIR LIVES. THIS IS THE PURPOSE OF MY STORIES.

ALONG WITH THIS, AND POSSIBLY MORE IMPORTANTLY, I WANT TO INSPIRE A LOVE OF READING IN CHILDREN BY CREATING AN ENGAGING AND EXCITING STORY. I WANT TO SPARK A CHILD’S IMAGINATION.

I ALSO WANT TO INSTILL A SENSE OF WORTHINESS AND VALUE IN EVERY CHILD. I WANT THEM TO BELIEVE THEY CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING, REGARDLESS OF THEIR ENVIRONMENT.

MY HOPE IS FOR CHILDREN TO LOOK WITHIN THEMSELVES AND BE BETTER CITIZENS IN AN EVER-CHANGING WORLD.

BOOKS ARE A WONDERFUL TOOL TO SPREAD THIS MESSAGE. IN ADDITION TO THIS, I’M A BIG KID AT HEART. I want to create stories I would have loved to read as a child."