I’m an author, illustrator, and father of three, based in the Noosa hinterland (Queensland, Australia). I’m at the very beginning of a journey to encourage more parents to read with their children (especially dads).
I believe that the act of regularly reading with children has the potential to enrich the lives of both parent and child, and indefinitely deepen their connection. Reading with young children improves their early literacy skills and language development, no question, there’s a tonne of research out there to support that. But I’m interested in the incidental byproducts of reading with young children, and how the dynamic of reading with a child from an early age can create a platform that allows for other equally important things to happen.
Through regular reading, supported by a collaborative reading style, I believe that parents can encourage the development of so much good stuff in their child, including: a positive association with education; creative thinking skills; improved self-esteem; and heaps more. Better still, the focussed, interactive, playful time spent with your child during book reading has the potential to create magic.
The picture books I make are a direct product of this philosophy. I create books to encourage more parents to read with their children.