Books take a long time to work on. Two years ago I was approached by Random House Kids to write & illustrate their new Hello, World! book series. The books are geared towards babies & toddlers & are designed to share simple concepts about nature & science. I was thrilled to have this opportunity. The first two books in the series Weather & Solar System were released early this week. You can get them at Barnes & Noble, Target.com or Amazon.
Two more titles in this series will be available in the spring 2017.
Illustrating the books, sure-piece of cake. Writing the books, yikes. I was filled with self doubt. I'm dyslexic & all the negative comments I heard about my writing growing up came tumbling back to me. At the time I didn't let the editor know. This was something I wanted to do. I chased the fear away, sat down & took my time really exploring what I wanted to say. It took me a long time -too long- but because the books are based on facts about the world around us I had a platform to comfortably explore. I was also grateful that the books are geared towards toddlers. So simple, straight forward sentences with some imagination did the trick.
Dsylexia is a funny thing. I often think of letters I add to a design as another design element, neglecting the fact that the general public wants to be able to read those letters to create a properly spelled word. I've always added words & fitting phrases to my art. I often come up with back stories for characters or give them names, likes & dislikes on projects I'll be spending an extended amount of time on. I've fancied myself a storyteller & now it's a beautiful feeling to know that in some way I am!
I'm pleased to introduce you to the Hello, World! series. I hope you enjoy sharing these books with the little ones in your life!