Valley rocker writes children’s books during pandemic

MESA, AZ – A man from Mesa has spent most of the pandemic writing children’s books about serious issues.

For years, Michael Crawford sang in a metal band and toured with bands like Slayer. However, during the pandemic, he fell ill and focused on writing children’s books.

“I go from running a record label, touring the world and performing with big bands to being on a machine,” Crawford said.

“And you have to keep your spirits up one way or another,” he said.

Crawford told ABC15 he was diagnosed with Alport syndrome as a child and had two kidney transplants.

Due to his condition, he stopped touring during the pandemic and turned to writing children’s books.

Since 2020, Crawford has written 10 children’s books. All focus on a serious problem or include characters with disabilities or special needs.

“I have friends with kids with things like autism and my son has ADD a little bit,” he said.

“So I wanted to have books that children could relate to,” he added.

Another book, Cyrus the Virus, is about a dog learning the importance of handwashing and social distancing.

“Because explaining Covid to a 7-year-old is very difficult,” Crawford said.

Crawford’s books can be found online at Amazon. He is also looking for local groups to donate his books to.

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