|the cover of my first book features painted popsicle sticks|
A few hours ago, I joined my desire to write a book with my XOXO of photography and self-published a soft-bound publication through Lulu Press. It is being printed as I write this blog! My 21-page photo book measures 5 1/4" by 3 1/2" and has about 150 words and17 original photographs. I called it "The Colorful Counting Book." It is not destined for adult book clubs, but rather may feel more welcome slipped into a purse before setting out on a cross-town bus with a toddler.
|"13 silver shoes" did not make the cut because I felt my niece wouldn't relate to the old styles|
Putting it together was fairly easy considering that I was totally winging it as I uploaded from my vast bank of photos and dragged them onto the pages. I knew that I wanted to make a unique book for my 2 1/2 year old niece. Tired of predictable imagery and licensed characters found in many children's books, I used photos taken from travels, flea markets, and numerous saunters down the aisles of antique malls. Beyond counting things and identifying colors, I chose photos that can easily spur other conversations and motivate your toddler's imagination.
|Conversely, "4 feet" did make the cut.|
I will have an update on "The Colorful Counting Book" on the 26th.
I have a feeling this could be the start of something addictive.