An incredible one in seven kids lives with hunger in their lives!
Many are afraid to ask for help because of stigma toward them and their families.
In this book, hunger is a monster that can be recognized and defeated by kids working together.
Based on true experiences it is designed to empower and to build empathy for kids aged 5-9.
A comprehensive online reader's guide allows teachers to use the book in a sensitive manner in the classroom and help kids build joint solutions to beating the hunger monster in their community.
Erik Talkin is CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County in California. For nearly two decades he has fought hunger and sought to move families from hunger into health.
Lulu is based on the realities of many families he has worked with.
Erik holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Erik lives with his wife Mari, a rotating cast of six kids, one dog and countless tiny fish in Santa Barbara.
“In this story illustrating the reality of childhood hunger and food insecurity, Lulu invites kids into her world to help them understand what it’s like to battle the Hunger Monster. Lulu and the Hunger Monster delivers the right message at the right time, helping readers recognize the problem of childhood hunger and moving them to find solutions.”
—Jeff Bridges, actor and anti-hunger advocate