Signed books for your little ones
March 26, 2020
As a children’s book creator, I actually make very little from the sale of books in bookstores. Most of my income is made from talking about my books, running workshops in schools. Understandably, every single booking has been cancelled till at least August, along with my other job, creating sets for school plays.
The launch for my newest book Jump! has of course been cancelled too, but I would still love for it to get out in the world. It’s a picture book about a strange little creature confronting his fears. Bullying and acceptance are also themes, but it’s chiefly about resilience, which is perhaps rather appropriate at the moment. There are also free Teacher’s Notes on the Ford Street Publishing website (www.fordstreetpublishing.com) which of course can be used by anyone for ideas on activities and discussion. As we all go into lockdown, sharing books with our kids will help the weeks ahead go that little bit faster, plus of course enhancing all the benefits that come from reading.
The Ford Street website and many bookstores have links for ordering books, but I would like to offer an extra little service. Contact me and I’ll sign a brand new, out-of-the-box copy with a special message of your choice for your special little one or ones. It will be $5 postage or, if you live within 2 km or so of the Harold Holt Pool, Glen Iris, Melbourne, I’ll deliver it myself (from 1.5m away!) The walk will do me good!
Ford Street has heaps of great books, most with Teacher’s Notes if you’d like them. I’ve also got three other picture books that I can sign and deliver:
The Perfect Leaf – a story about imagination and play, with hidden creatures on almost every page for kids to find. (The younger ones often spot them before adults, so there is a cheat-sheet in the Teacher’s Notes to help you find them all!) A book to take outside and lie on the lawn with, watching for animals in the clouds.
Tulip and Brutus – written by Liz Ledden, a fun story for lower Primary students about a stink bug and ladybug who discover, in times of trouble, that they have more in common than they realise. Pippa – written by Dimity Powell, a lovely tale of a plucky little pigeon who wants to fly the nest, but feels trapped by her over-protective parents. Perhaps a starting point for younger kids of a discussion about why we (parents) can’t let them out to play, and that it’s ok to feel frustrated and itch to get out. All books are $24.95 hard cover, or $16.95 paperback. Add $5 for postage if needed.
EFT details will be sent when you get in touch. Free postage for 3 or more books, or 10% discount if you’re local enough for me to drop them in.
Stay safe, and keep reading!