Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept: Protect children from unsafe touch by teaching them to always speak up

Jayneen Sanders (Author) Craig Smith (Illustrator)

Product Details

Educate2empower Publishing
Publish Date
January 11, 2011
8.1 X 0.2 X 10.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Jayneen (aka Jay Dale) is an experienced primary school teacher, editor, author and publisher. She started her teaching career in the 1980s as a primary school teacher in rural Queensland. She then moved to Victoria and taught at a number of inner-city schools. In 1985, Jay had a change of career and became an educational editor and publisher. In the early 90s, Jay and her partner moved to Japan to work as English teachers. They lived and worked in Japan for over three and a half years. In fact, Jay's first daughter was born there. On returning to Australia, Jay began work as an educational author/packager. Since that time, she has authored and produced numerous award-winning titles for the educational publishing industry. Jay is also an accomplished children's book author, writing a number of titles for such literacy series as ZigZags, Totally Kidz, Deadly and Incredible, and a children's picture book series for Penguin. During 2008 and 2009, Jay returned to teaching. That experience refreshed her understanding of issues facing children, teachers and parents. She is currently working with an educational publisher as lead author of a new literacy series. Jay has written over 100 titles in that series. Jay is more importantly a mother of three teenage girls and has been a school councillor at her local primary school for over seven years. This time spent in primary schools both as a teacher and a parent inspired her to ask the question of her community: 'What are we doing in schools to protect our children from sexual interference?' When she realised very little was actually being done, she decided to use her authoring and publishing skills to write a book to help parents, carers and teachers to broach the subject of self-protection and to encourage children to speak up.
Craig Smith lives in Sydney and is a teacher by trade. His family's military service began in Australia with Private James McManus in the NSW's Corps in 1788 and Corporal James Frazer in Lieutenant Colonel Macquarie's 73rd Foot in 1809. By design or circumstance, his grandfathers and father could not serve in WW1 and WW2. Craig's mother, Dawn Smith, surprised her family and friends and enlisted with a view to serving in Malaya and Korea. Between1952-1954 she served with the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) and served in 101 Transport Company as a driver. Craig enlisted in the Army Reserve Infantry Corps in 1986, completed Officer Training at SUR and has served for over 25 years.


"There are books that come along that are a 'must read' for your kids, and this is one of them." ... "it's really important to own this book for you and your family. It handles a very difficult (and uncomfortable) subject in a sensitive and age appropriate way and provides a chance to discuss it with your children." ... "there is a children's book that you MUST get if you have any children in your life. Whether they are your children or someone else's, please help make the topic of childhood sexual abuse just ever so slightly easier to broach with them by using this remarkable tool." "GET the book, READ the book and most importantly, TALK about the book WITH your children." "Anything that might help protect your children from the hands of a sexual predator is a priceless investment." "This is a skilfully written and beautifully illustrated book which covers the subject of keeping young children safe from sexual abuse. Written as a tool to help parents, caregivers and teachers broach the subject in a non-threatening way, it sensitively weaves the important facts into a story that young children will find accessible." "Our family has felt more empowered to address the issue of sexual abuse through having this resource, "... "I'm often asked for resources for children to help them protect them from possible sexual abuse. There has been nothing I could recommend. Until now." "Melbourne author, primary school teacher and mother, Jayneen Sanders, has filled the gap by publishing a picture book for children titled 'Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept'."