My next book is titled POCKET TIME and addresses how parents sometimes are unable to parent their children because their OWN parents didn’t have the critical ability to nurture them. There are hedgehogs in this story and an eagle and a kangaroo. I’m delighted that Amy Crosby, a very talented artist, is creating the illustrations for this book:
“My career as an art teacher has led me all over my beloved state of Maine, and I’ve found the best job in the world teaching k through 5th graders in Brunswick. I grew up in Orono, and always dreamed of becoming a children’s book illustrator. My love of animals and nature has influenced my work and my life, as I’m slowly growing what I hope will become a farm with my husband, dog, and chickens in Durham, Maine.” – Amy Crosby
Other future projects beyond this story of attachment problems include multiple foster home placements and physical violence in the home. I have chosen animals to portray the characters in these “heavier” stories so that readers can identify more easily with the painful parts. Passing these stories back to families so they can find healing is my passion.
Some parents of former clients have offered their stories to share with me and I have many thoughts about how to get these stories illustrated, one of which is to have groups of children do the drawings.
I welcome feedback from any colleagues or families with further stories or ideas to share!