A Big Announcement- What I've Been Working On


Ahem.

I've been stalling and sitting on announcing my latest projects for some time, and I'm not really sure why. I think that I'm scared to fail, and sharing what I'm trying to accomplish with others makes that chance of failure much scarier. But, I think it's time to commit to telling my news! (No, it's not a fourth baby *insert eye-roll*)

Back in Feburary, I ordered the children's book We're All Wonders for Arthur. The cover has a cartoon with only one eye and I was excited that he had this relatable and current book to grow with. I realized that it didn't fill my hopes after reading it once. The book was filled with unhealthy escapism in my opinion, and it's not how I wanted to teach Arthur about dealing with differences in appearance. My thoughts are that education is the best way to avoid negative social situations-- if you teach classmates and friends about your situation in an age-appropriate factual way and keep a healthy sense of humor, there's no reason to be bullied.

"Na-na-na-na you have googley-eyes," says the bully of my nightmares, breaking my heart.
"That's because one isn't my eye, remember? I can even get a race car painted on it!" responds my sweet, smart, strong baby boy.

This thought-- that came to me in the shower, like all good thoughts do-- led to me searching for an age appropriate book for all of these children with special eye care needs. There are so many children with eye care needs. And they need something. They need something to normalize... to celebrate... what strong and courageous kids they are. They need a resource that teaches them when they're still learning how to talk, that they can self-advocate. So that even when they are away at Kindergarten, they know how begin to deal with situations of a peer pointing out their differences. Or a resource for their parents to read to their classmates at a storytime at the beginning of the year before the questions even start. There's nothing wrong with being curious, and there's nothing wrong with being different, we just need help to fill the communication to bridge those two things together.

So I found some books like Jacob's Eye Patch, or Princess Peepers -- all great books, but all a little bit older than the pre-reading toddlers I'm hoping to reach.

So I wrote a book.


I immediately submitted the book to a publisher and they entertained the manuscript and sent me a publishing deal! After over a month of debate and market research, I made the difficult decision to bite off even more and refuse the deal and self-publish instead. And illustrate it.

I am writing, publishing, and illustrating a book: My Magic Eye.


My Magic Eye follows a toddler, Arthur, through his normal day with the special eye care needs of having a prosthetic eye. Arthur's eye is magic, and he has friends with other magic eyes that might be smaller, crossed, patched, or behind glasses. Arthur shows how his eye is magic and how it can be fun sharing the magic with others.

It's a very short, largely illustrated book meant for children 0-5, and is an ideal introductory book for a younger classroom setting.

I hope to have the first copies available on Amazon this August in celebration of Children's Eye Health and Safety Month.



2 comments

  1. Yay! I'm so excited for this! Thank you for a providing an awesome book for our littles!

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  2. sounds like fun! hope the process is a pleasant one!

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