During the month of February I was unwell and took some time off from my regular business to recuperate. I was unable to sit for long periods of time due to pain but also tiredness and exhaustion so could only be at my computer for short periods (and no, I wasn’t suffering from COVID-19 but the Shingles virus). I must have been thinking on birds and my grandchildren when the thought came to me to write a book for children. I gradually went through my photos and started sorting them into alphabetical order by bird’s name – Started with over 50 birds but knocked it down to just 40 and began writing what I knew about them, and researching to confirm my thoughts were factual. Once I was well enough to go out in public again my husband and I visited the local book shop in Belgrave to look at other children’s books and I bought a couple I wanted to get a feel for how they were put together, font sizes, colours and pictures to make it interesting for children.
Finally it was ready for printing so I had to source a book printer and located one here in Melbourne. It’s been over 10 years since I last published a book and things have changed in the printing world during that time. This is also my first book for children, and probably won’t be the last. I am blessed with eight grandchildren and love to share about birds and all sorts of other things with them out in the garden and in parks.
Anyway, here it is. I brainstormed book titles with family members and friends and between us we came up with something suitable, and hopefully catchy too. It’s now available for purchase if you’re interested.