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Local author releases Advice to My Daughter

“And it’s not just for girls,” says Katie Larson

by Melanie Jongsma

MUNSTER, Ind. (January 21, 2020) – Katie Larson has been adding to a Google doc since her daughter Elle was two years old. It started out as a simple list of “things I want to tell my daughter one day,” but last year when Larson learned about a workshop on self-publishing, she signed up and decided to use her Google doc as a working project.

She spent a year writing and organizing, and then used Amazon’s self-publishing program to turn her Google doc into actual printed books. The book is now available as a paperback and a Kindle version:

  • Advice to My Daughter (Amazon link)

As a third-grade teacher at Lansing’s Oak Glen Elementary School, Larson sees a variety of issues, interactions, learnings, and teachable moments. She organized Advice into three main categories: Advice for Dealing with Boys, Advice for Dealing with Girlfriends, and Advice for Life. Chapter titles include:

  • Sometimes You Get Dumped
  • Learn Which Friends You Can Trust
  • All People are So Different
  • Laugh at Yourself Often
  • Don’t Make Excuses
  • Live in the Moment

Larson estimates the content is appropriate for children 12 and older.

Katie Larson and her daughter Elle held a book signing in Lansing at Waters Edge Gift, Garden, and Pond Center (18418 Wentworth) on Saturday, January 18. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Katie and Elle Larson are featured on the cover of their new book, Advice to My Daughter. (Photo: Antonia Marie photography)

Though Elle has not yet read the book herself (she’s only 9), Larson is getting good feedback from other readers. “My friend’s niece, a senior in high school, reached out to me,” said Larson. “She read it and told me she loved it…. She highlighted parts of it! It’s all worth it if just one person can read it and get something from it.”

For more information about Advice to My Daughter and upcoming book-signing events, and to support a local author with feedback and encouragement, join the open Facebook Group created for the book launch:

Advice to My Daughter is available for purchase on

  • Advice to My Daughter (Amazon link)
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. LOVELY!!! Wish I’d known about the book signing….. was it advertised somewhere?? I wish this new author much success. It sounds like a very needed and terrific book for young gals.

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