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Joann Slead’s Charming Animal Story Delights Christian Readers at the L.A. Times Festival of Books 2023

As a devout Christian and aspiring children’s book author, Joann Slead wants to use her skills to share the Gospel with young people, especially those under five. Many of Jesus’ teachings are shared in her most recent book, “The Secret Life of Bears,” where the most loving Papa Bear anywhere acts as an allegory for Christ. The book was on display during the L.A. Times Festival of Books 2023.

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“Bearly a Secret: It’s difficult to find quality children’s books with a Christian message. This book does a wonderful job of giving the reader – of any age – a picture of what a relationship with Jesus looks like. That’s not easy to accomplish! Thank you, Joann, for creatively drawing children to Jesus.” – BK, teacher

In recent years, Joann Slead has felt a calling to teach kids who Jesus is using the engaging style of children’s animal stories. That’s why she went all the way to secure an exhibit spot for her own work, “The Secret Life of Bears,” at this year’s L.A. Times Festival of Books.

With the help of ReadersMagnet, a book marketing and self-publishing company, Slead was able to showcase her book to the hundreds of attendees browsing the booths at the event.

Her allegory is quite simple. Just as Jesus is synonymous with Christian love, Slead represents Him as the most lovable Papa Bear anywhere.

She has a good grasp of the many narrative techniques in animal stories. With them and well-known teaching strategies, she gives easy-to-understand examples of what a personal relationship with Jesus looks like. Her profound understanding of what it means to live daily with Jesus has been the result of her many life experiences, including work in a non-profit Christian relief and development organization.

Slead is no stranger to the challenges of young Christian families as they try and teach their little ones about Jesus for the first time. Many of the deeper truths about Christianity are not easily explained in simpler terms, but her book manages to do just that. By putting up her book at the book festival, she hopes her work will reach a greater number of readers and help their kids grow in their faith.

“The Secret Life of Bears” is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more updates, visit Joann Slead’s website at:

“The Secret Life of Bears”
Author | Joann Slead
Published date | December 8, 2022
Publisher | Xlibris
Genre | Christian

Author Bio
A storyteller at heart, Joann has a connection with young children especially, helping them understand who Jesus is from a very young age. For years her stories have fascinated young and old alike. Her newest book will bring a smile and understanding of Jesus to those who hear and read it.

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