Creating my first picturebook!
I have teamed up with super illustrator Jenika Ioffreda, and together, we are creating a book series based on 'Storytime with Anna Christina'! The first book will be for one of our most popular audiobooks Billy Joins the Circus.
It's so funny how things develop and materialize! I created a Storytime Package last year because, at my Storytime events, parents were asking me if I had a package they could take away with them! The Storytime with Anna-Christina Package was created for children to enjoy fun Storytime activities with their parents at home. I included a CD and a beautifully illustrated booklet with activities relating to the CD!
Knowing there was a demand for these packages, I knew parents would be pleased when I made them available to purchase at my events as well as online! However, the parents who brought my package also wanted a book to go with the activities! I quickly realised that the package I had made, really could have been a book!
This led me to the idea of creating my first book which will be part of a series of picturebooks! Not just regular picturebooks, but picturebooks incorporating the idea behind my Storytime Package! This means, as well as having an audio CD to accompany the story, I will also be including fun activities for children to enjoy as they read, see the pictures, listen, and learn!
Sketches by Jenika Ioffreda of the characters featured in Billy Joins the Circus.
It's such a thrill to see the characters coming to life on the pages! I will be posting coloured images from the book and keeping you updated on our progress. I am so proud and excited to be creating my first picturebook for children! It has been a dream of mine to create a book and audio series and now it is happening! Woohoooo! ✨
Watch this space!
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