I began to write a book for my grandson Kieron for each birthday, beginning with his fourth birthday. It was a story I had made up, that he loved, about a little mouse who had radar ears and could hear everything going on. I called it "the power of good ideas". I found an lovely young illustrator to help me with the pictures (of course the ideal would be to be able to do your own illustrations).
For his fifth birthday I wrote a book called "Dream it Do it!". This book is about a race and how it is won, against all odds, by the power of ingenuity, hard work, friendship and perseverance.
LET'S MAKE A BOOK TOGETHER
Then came the exciting part: I showed Kieron how a book happens. The words go on one page and the drawings go next to them! Then off we went to the local copy shop and asked for 10 copies please!
OUR BOOK LAUNCH
At his birthday, we set up a table, where we both sat, (the two authors), signed and handed out the books to the family.
SEEDS WILL GROW
I never expected this to go further than adventure between Kieron and me ... but the universe it seems, had other plans... In one of my creative writing courses, I mentioned this idea of writing a book for a special child. Just as a writing idea. Students began reading the little books I had written for Kieron and to my surprise, asked if they could buy them. Back to the copy shop I went! A Norwegian student asked if I would write a book for traumatized children at her hospital in Oslo. This is how I wrote "Listenbear Learns the Trees' Secret".
WRITE YOUR OWN BOOK FOR A SPECIAL CHILD IN YOUR LIFE
I will soon be offering online assistance to anyone wishing to write a book for a special child. I will have illustrators on hand to help, and also an excellent self publishing company to bring your project to fruition. Watch this site for more details!