Part musing memoir, part grandparent guidebook, written in the form of letters to an almost two-year-old grandson, Kian and Me shares the many insights and gifts children have to give.
Written in the epistolary form, Dr. Selleck illustrates the gratification and wisdom his grandson, Kian, has given him—from his time as an infant through now, as a toddler. In this series of letters, he writes openly of his own life struggles as well as the joy and gratitude he’s experienced watching Kian embrace all that this world has to offer. Each letter highlights the friendship between grandfather and grandson while offering gentle and poignant ways for readers to reflect on how they might become better versions of themselves.
Dr. Selleck is more than an involved grandparent—he’s a dedicated supporter of youth outreach and an award-winning advocate for young people. As Dr. Selleck has tried to do in all aspects of his long and successful career, these letters show others how to empower youth—this time by sharing the challenges he has faced in his own life, the knowledge he’s gained as an athlete and coach, and mostly, the wisdom and gifts of an inquisitive toddler.
About the Author
Dr. George Selleck has spent a large part of his distinguished career creating programs and writing articles and books that advocate for the empowerment of young people. A former Hall of Fame athlete and coach, Dr. Selleck—a retired psychologist, organizational and management consultant, and sports education specialist—is the founder and director of Lead2Play, a comprehensive program that encourages youth participation in sports while promoting healthy living and the development of key life skills, such as organization, management, and team-building. He was inducted into the Stanford University Basketball Hall of Fame, the Pac-12 Hall of Honor, and named one of the “100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America” by the Institute for International Sports at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Selleck lives with his wife in Pinole, California, not too far from his grandson, Kian and his parents.
“George Selleck has called upon his attributes as a scholar and grandfather to author Kian And Me: Gifts From a Grandson, a heartwarming story about the very young teaching the very old. Toddler Kian’s expressions and mannerisms infused new purpose into his grandpa, an octogenarian babysitter whose ailments and attitude experienced a healing affect in the therapeutic company of a special child. A beautifully told story, touching both the mind and the soul.”
— Dave Newhouse, Columnist, Sportswriter, and Author
“Dr. George Selleck could have been a professional basketball player, but he chose to become a Presbyterian minister, pursue a PhD in counseling psychology, and devote his life to reminding young people—and their parents—that there is more to lifethan sports....Through it all, Selleck remained steadfast in his belief in the power of young people.”
— Aaron L. Miller, PhD California State University, East Bay
“Dr. Selleck nails it in Kian and Me! What a funandrefreshing read of a most special relationship—the kind of which is open to so many of us, if we take the time to let it in. Unfortunately, we too often tend to think only of ourselves as ‘the coach,’but there is an entire new generational world out there most of us can learn from if we make time to truly observe and listen! In summary, two-year-old Kian is a great teacher because his grandfather realized, if he himself listened, how much he could learn about appreciation of little, but valuable, things from someone more than eightyyears his junior.”
— Dick Gould, Vice Chairman, TeachAids; Emeritus, Men's Tennis Coach & Director of Tennis, Stanford University
“The first thing that crossed my mind after finishing George Selleck’s Kian and Me: Gifts from a Grandson was pure envy that I had not written this marvelously poignant and insightful series of letters to my three young grandsons. Kian is too young to know how fortunate he is to have a grandpa (Papa) like George. But make no mistake, grandson Kian is at the heart of this book which leaves of all us with rare gifts of learning, sharing, growing old, growing young, and living fully.”
— Tom Meschery, Author of "Sweat: New and Selected Poems about Sports"
"This is such a special piece, and so powerful in its quiet and calm demeanor. The way Selleck writes makes it seem like he is speaking gently into someone’s ear from a cozy armchair next to a roaring fire, peacefully reflecting on life. It is such a wonderful demonstration of love and documentation of precious memories.”
— AnneMarie Baines
“I love it.I cried, I laughed, I learned. It is George Selleck’s absolutely best work.I could not put the manuscript down.”
— Lily Richardson, PSA