Before I introduce today's guest, I'm delighted to announce the winner of Seleste deLaney's anthology prize.
My name is Bernadette Bainbridge. I am the author and illustrator of this new children's book ‘The Christmas Please and Thank You’.
The book is aimed at children aged 3-7 years and was written to encourage young children to remember that they should always say please and thank you, something which many parents and teachers spend a lot of time doing!
The story also involves Santa and a bit of Christmas magic, reminding the children to use their good manners in a warm, recognisable and festive story which was in fact, based on the Christmas happenings in my own home and with my own two children.
Writing and illustrating a children’s picture book is something I have always aspired to do. I have been an early years teacher for twenty years and as such I have spent many happy hours working with children's story and picture books.
Whilst recently working part-time as a teacher I have been able to fulfil that dream and I am pleased to have completed the publication of my book in August this year.
Since approving the first colour copy just a few weeks ago, I have been able to set about promoting my book in a number of ways.
Thanks Bernadette - as a mum of three young boys, this book sounds brilliant. I'll definitely be snaffling up a copy.
Now, I'm wondering, have any of my blog readers ever tried their hand at picture book writing? I'll come clean first and say that my one and only attempt was called "Barbequed Goldfish''. I still love the title - lol - but unfortunately it never got any further than a rough draft :(