Ciara L. Hill is a best-selling and award-winning children’s book author and a licensed child and family therapist in Washington, DC. In addition, Ciara is a National Board-Certified Counselor and a Human Services- Board Certified Practitioner. She is a proud HBCU alumna of Delaware State University and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Ciara also holds a graduate degree in Community Counseling. Once a traveling “military brat” due to my father’s enlistment in the US Army, she was introduced early on to different cultures and the importance of embracing diversity.
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What’s the meaning behind my book title Shiloh and Dande the Lion?
Shiloh ultimately means peace, and Shiloh is also my sons’ name. The dandelion flower symbolizes many things, including getting your wishes fulfilled and joy. But something else that’s very important about a dandelion flower is that it represents overcoming challenges.
Therefore, when you put the words Shiloh and Dande the Lion together (while breaking up the phrase dandelion), it means a boy seeking peace while overcoming challenges after making a wish.
I felt that it was imperative to write a longer children’s book like Shiloh and Dande the Lion (that went against what industry standards said was the “norm”). Because I needed a book that could encompass a multitude of different lessons, all in one book.
To leave a legacy behind for my son Shiloh was also one of the many motivating factors behind my story. I want my son to read Shiloh and Dande the Lion with pride and know that I dedicated it to him and all the other children to inspire everyone to overcome any adversity that life may bring.