Pre-School Reading Debut

This week is parent involvement week at my daughters daycare. I thought I would take the opportunity to test one of my manuscripts out on a class full of children (25 4-5 yr olds). This was a little daunting as the book doesn’t have illustrations yet and at that age, as we know kids are very visual. I was so amazed by the children’s response to my story, Our Trip into Town, and they quickly demanded another one (very flattering). It is a class with a lot of boys, so I thought a nice scary story with a shark would be a good follow on, and they sat riveted as I told the story of Alfie the very cheeky fish. Then they demanded more 🙂 so I pulled out Dancing in the Kitchen, a story about growing up, which they also really enjoyed. They still demanded more! but alas I’d only taken the three stories with me. It was so nice to see their reaction and afterwards, they were all so keen to tell me which was their favourite and what they liked best. I’m so glad I plucked up the courage to go, and can’t wait to read these stories to a wider audience!

Published by Shelly Unwin

Children's Author. Born in the UK in 1977 I grew up and was educated in the small country side town of Ashbourne in the Midlands, my childhood was spent surrounded by animals and children. I was one of three children but my wonderful parents also fostered 11 little children whilst I was young. Riding horses and reading books were my main two loves. Upon leaving high school I studied teaching and biology at university in Birmingham and left with a first class honors degree. My teaching degree re-ignited my passion for beautifully written and illustrated children’s literature. I moved to Australia in 2002 where I forged a career in sales. In 2006 I married my Australian husband in 2006 and we now have two young children. Given my teaching background I had always wanted to write children’s stories that truly engage the reader, and reading to my children has again brought children’s literature to the forefront of my life. Most of my stories are aimed at children between 0-6 yrs, but they will also appeal to the reader through their beautiful rhythm and ability to take your imagination on a wonderful journey.

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