I’m just a smidgen excited! Okay – maybe that’s a bit of an understatement, but I’m not big on dramatic announcements.
It’s just that a new project is about to come to fruition next month.
I’ve long wanted to write something for children. For something I loved best of all when mine were small was having them curled in that perfect space between lap and arms sharing a picture book together. It is the most delightful experience to hug a child on your knee and absorb a story together. And that’s where readers are made as I said in a recent post.
The best kind of stories of all are those you can identify with, those that make you suddenly think; this is just like us!
That rarely happens when you’re a home educating family, just like with other minority groups. Nearly all stories feature children going to school as if home education didn’t exist, wasn’t real, or the families weren’t living real and proper lives that were as important as any other family lives.
Time for that to change and hopefully ‘A Funny Kind of Education’ is helping. This was a story so mums and dads would have something fun to read that was perhaps a little bit like them, as well as raise awareness.
But the children need one too. So a publisher, illustrator and I have got together to produce one….maybe more than one, who knows!
And I’m excited to tell you it will be available in May. So come those times when your child wants you to read them a story there’ll be one out there which has an inquisitive, curious and adventurous little home educator just like them! But I think many a family will recognise themselves in there however they are educated, most of all I hope it’ll raise a smile and plenty to talk about.
I got my daughter to read it as some of her antics were what inspired it. She twigged…and it made her giggle. She’s grown up now but that doesn’t stop her perching on my lap – also with a giggle!
If you pop over to the publisher; Bird’s Nest Books you can find out more and sign up for the newsletter to get the publication date first hand.
And I’ll try and keep you posted through the excitement!