Local children’s book author focuses on leadership with ‘Nobody Tells Me What To Do’

The Prince Albert area has a rich literary tradition with strong authors, and you can add one more name to this list with children’s author Cindy Koob.

Koob celebrated the launch of its first children’s book Nobody tells me what to do! with a reading at the John M. Cuelenaere Library on Saturday.

Amid mushroom-shaped stools and colorful floor mats for younger children, and chairs outlining the room, Cindy Koob read and played her book about a young man named Dillon who assumes all forms of authority in his life. The book itself was inspired by someone Koob saw at a local school.

“This boy was walking down the hall and he was like ‘nobody telling me what to do, nobody telling me what to do,'” Koop said during the reading. “I thought, ‘Can you imagine if nobody ever told you what to do?’

Koob started imagining, and his new children’s book is the result. It focuses on how Dillon’s experience teaches him a lesson in the importance of leadership.

After Monday’s reading, children and adults in attendance took part in a discussion about the identities of some of the society’s leaders. People such as teachers and doctors came, but surprisingly enough, the parents were not brought up as leaders in any capacity by members of the public.

“I was surprised too,” admits Koob. “I didn’t bring it out, but I was going to mention the oldies as well. The elders give good advice!

Koob was born and raised on the Prairies. She cites her family, her walk with Christ and her community for providing a solid foundation.

No one tells me what to do is Koob’s first book, but fans want to know, will she write anything else?

“I’m excited about the release of my second, because it’s about diversity, inclusion and overcoming adversity, living in tough places,” Koob said.

Copies of Nobody tells me what to do! are available at The Artisan Gallery at 1101 Central Avenue in Prince Albert and at Indigo-McNally in Saskatoon. Her Instagram account is @CindyKoob.


Alycia R. Lindley