I love everything about books and being a writer. I get so much joy from reading and writing, and sharing my love of literature with those around me.
My kids both share my love of books, and it is such an adventure to introduce them to classic favorites and discovering new favorites together. I wanted to share my love of writing, and the special feeling of being an author, with my preschool-age daughter Ariana and her classmates. After being a guest reader in her classroom, I had the idea of creating a book with the children. My daughter's teacher loved the idea, and I spent a morning working with the class to create The Springtime Egg.
The book written and illustrated by her class--Kaleb, Eve, Chandler, Ariana, Gabe, Aaron, Lorelai, Chloe, Caleb, Kaia, Xander, Gentry, Isaac, Camden, Charlotte, David, & Brayden--is now available on Amazon.com.
The kids came up with the idea of writing a story about a duck and her egg. Each child described their favorite weather and springtime activity that was happening while our egg refused to hatch. Finally, when spring was in full bloom, our egg hatched and a duckling emerged.
Once our story was complete, each child illustrated the page they described. I created the cover using the children’s illustrations. I put the book together and published it on Amazon. It is now available in print or ebook for Kindle or Kindle App.
I think it is so neat to teach them about the writing and publishing process, and to show them how even young children can accomplish something spectacular. I'm so proud of these kids!
You can see the book on Amazon. It is free to download right now on Kindle or Kindle App!
I think teaching children at a young age to see the magic in books is crucial. I am blessed to work with individuals who value literacy as much as I do, and we created Frantic Froggy, which promotes reading and indie authors. We've also published the book titled Frantic Froggy, which explores how one busy frog learns the simple joy of reading a book.
I created the infographic below with designer Andrew Frey (who has also created my awesome book covers!) to emphasize the importance of reading in children for their future.