Nicole & Damir Fonovich (Phoenix, AZ)
Authors of Luca Lashes series
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Nicole and Damir Fonovich wanted to help their little boy, Lucas, be brave in all his childhood discoveries – the first swimming lesson, first plane ride, first trip to the dentist, first haircut, and so on. But aside from holding his hand and guiding him with every step, how else could they give him the confidence boost he needed?
Long-time educators Nicole and Damir recruited a team of editors, illustrators, music composers, translators and narrators to create an educational and fun answer to every parent’s struggle. The result: “Luca Lashes,” a whimsical, multi-lingual line of children’s eBooks and interactive apps based on a boy with magic eyelashes that give him special brave powers.
The nine books in the series (with more planned for 2014) follow Luca as he (and his parents) conquers fearful firsts, from brushing his teeth to visiting mommy in the hospital. A parent’s section at the back of each book highlights key teaching concepts and offers questions parents can use to prompt learning opportunities.
The concepts are mirrored in the user experience as kids and parents discover new technology and interact with the words and illustrations. The series is available in English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Luca Lashes: The Brown-Eyed Boy with the Magic Eyelashes
Luca Lashes Learns to Brush His Teeth
Luca Lashes and his First Trip to the Dentist
Luca Lashes and His First Haircut
Luca Lashes has his First Swimming Lesson
Luca Lashes Visits the Doctor
Luca Lashes and the Trip to the Nursing Home
Luca Lashes Visits Mommy in the Hospital
Luca Lashes and His First Airplane Ride
Nicole and Damir Fonovich have backgrounds in teaching, writing and publishing. Together, they have 17 years of experience in the education field, including teaching and administration. Nicole has a Master of Education in Educational Policy and Leadership and has respectfully served in the field of financial aid for the majority of her adult life helping students. They live in the Phoenix area.