Neal Bogosian's Latest Book Helps Children Deal With Death

Aug 20, 2020

From his time as a student at Florida Southern, to acting in major theater productions, to teaching, to owning a healing practice, Neal Bogosian ’92 has had a colorful and versatile career. 

One thing Bogosian always has been, however, is a writer. 

In high school, he had a passion for baseball and books. His favorite children’s novels included Winnie the Pooh, Where the Wild Things Are, and A Wrinkle in Time. Inspired by these authors — as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald and John O’Hara — Bogosian began to dabble in writing his own stories.

At Florida Southern, illness prevented him from playing baseball, but did not deter him from his academic pursuits. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, a double Master’s Degree in Education (Elementary and Special Education), and a degree from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. In 2010, he opened his own Holistic Therapy Healing practice.

“Through it all, I was writing,” Bogosian says. His passion for writing eventually led to his first children’s book, The Adventures of Chip Doolin. Set in 1909, the tale captures a simpler era through Bogosian’s nostalgic and lighthearted portrayal of America’s greatest pastime. In the book, young and talented Chip navigates the world of baseball and encounters some of its most famous faces.

Bogosian’s books are not just for entertainment, however. They are meant to function as tools for learning, self-discovery, and even healing. In See Ya Later Ralphie: A Children’s Book for Grief and Grieving, children can learn about and understand death by reading about two best friends and their special bond. It prompts children, as well as adults to walk through the pain of separation together.

When asked the importance of children’s literature, Bogosian said, “Children should be allowed to be children.” He believes the innocence of childhood should not be thrown away for the independence of adulthood. “We are so much more than we are taught in school. Reading the right stuff, listening to their inner selves, they will be directed to the books they need to read.”