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Moved by pandemic fears, Carlsbad dad pens best-selling children's book

Carlsbad dad pens best-selling children's book
Posted at 4:53 PM, Feb 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-02 20:26:36-05

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) - A Carlsbad father and author of a new, best-selling children's book hopes his book can help young kids struggling during the pandemic.

“Imagination is an untapped power that we all have,” Scott Feld said.

The powers of imagination are front and center in the new children's book ‘Dax to the Max,’ by the first-time author.

Inspired by his 6-year-old son Dax, Feld—a certified kids life skills coach—wanted to help kids take on the fears of the pandemic.

“They are scared that they’re losing friends. They’re scared they’re losing themselves, in some ways, but mostly the unknown,” Feld said.

In the book, young Dax is confronted with his fear in the form of a bear in a dark cave. That's when Dax unleashes his superpower, his imagination, to turn the bear into a cartoon bear.

“In the book, I use my imagination to make him funny!” Dax said.

“When they think about it in some other way, they can change the situation,” Feld said.

Feld said when it comes to the pandemic, masks can become reimagined as superhero masks. Instead of focusing on the scary, kids can envision something else.

“Yes, it’s there. The bear is there …. but could you imagine yourself still happy? And how can you do that? By doing the things that you love,” Feld said.

The book is resonating with kids since it was published last week, placing in the top 30 in several categories of children's books on Amazon's list of best sellers.

“If they’re afraid, they should use their imagination. Think about that same thing, but not as scary,” Dax said.

“Parents are saying this is timely and … is a book that really helps kids deal with fear.

I love that. It's amazing,“ Feld said.

‘Dax to the Max’ is available on Kindle and in paperback at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers

Feld hopes to publish a follow-up book focusing on confidence in about six months.