Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
About a year ago, I had an idea for a project that I could do with my nephews that did not involve video games or TV. Since I had experience self-publishing books, I thought it would be fun to help Aidan in Austin and Darryl and Andrew in Dallas have the experience of creating, illustrating and publishing their own stories. In moments between homework, sports events and bedtime, we all worked diligently on this mission and the results include two published books, another book in progress, and we have a new activity to do together that is both educational and enjoyable.
It has taken more time than I expected, but the results have been amazing. Aidan, 9, authored How Joe Learned to Jump, Darryl 9, wrote How Sam The Salmon Found New Friends and Andrew 6, is working on a book called Baby Bobble Heads. Both Aidan and Darryl brought their completed published books to their third grade teachers, who asked each boy to read the books to their classes. In addition, when their second grade teachers heard about the books, they were invited back to read them to these younger kids.
The time I spent supporting my nephews in this project are some of my happiest memories from 2010. When I asked Darryl, “How did it feel to get your book in the mail?” he said, “Truly wonderful, Auntie Laurel.” Although there were times when Aidan was a bit weary with the process of creating 20 original drawings, now that it is behind him, he reports “I loved the whole process, including reading my book to my class even though I had a little stage fright!”
What are your happiest moments from 2010 and what can you do to make more good memories in 2011?
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