Kids need diverse books….

Need for diverse books

Need for diverse books

There’s a campaign called We Need Diverse Books. I hadn’t thought much about it until recently when I read a post by Michelle Worthington. You can read her post here. You see, when I thought about this campaign, I thought of picture books and, as I don’t write picture books, I didn’t pay too much attention… I’m sad to say.

The thing that struck me with Michelle’s post was her talking about making sure there were books that reflected modern kids in all their weird and wonderful interests and quirks.

I’ve been searching for books that feature particular topics and interests for my kids and I haven’t been able to find them. The two that we have been looking for are books with children who have ME/CFS and books that have kids playing with Rubik’s Cubes. If you know of any, please let me know.

As an author, guess what I’ve been writing about lately…

This brings me to my latest book, Cubing for CFS. This book was written with a number of these in mind:

  • My 11 year old has ME/CFS. (Cubing for CFS sounded better than Cubing for ME/CFS!) We struggled to find books that talked about kids who had this illness.
  • My 13 year old loves solving a Rubik’s cube. Again, we have struggled to find any books that feature cubing other than books that tell you how to solve them.
  • There are many kids with chronic illnesses with siblings who feel left out and frustrated. In this book, Tony, the main character, holds a fundraiser at his school as something he can do to help, even though he can’t make his brother feel better.

Cubing for CFS is the next book in the Green Oaks Primary School series and is due for launch early in 2016. You can pre-order your copy through my Crowdfunding campaign, and pick up a cube or two for yourself and your family. Click here for details and to get your copy.

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