I am raising funds to self publish my second picture book which deals with bullying, body shaming, self esteem and friendships.
Come meet Abby Beach!
I have written and illustrated my second picture book called, "Flabby Abby Beach Ball". The title refers to the nickname that some kids label the main character. The story deals with teasing, body shaming, self empowerment and encourages readers to learn to like themselves! I am hoping to raise enough money so I can self publish the story with funds being used for cover design, book layout and promotional ventures.
In 2017, I published "Pharaoh's Arrow", a picture book about Ancient Egypt. I illustrated the story in Egyptian style. As a teacher, I could see a need for more historical fiction picture books, and the book has been well-received by teachers, librarians and Egyptology fans all over the world.
This next story is very different from my first book. I could see a need for books that teach kids realistic ways to deal with bullying. Bullying is a complex subject to tackle in a picture book. Most of the available picture books about bullying put the burden on the victims to prove themselves worthy to the bully or somehow change the bully's behavior. This is not realistic and shouldn't be expected of children that are being bullied. In writing my story, I used my own experience, from years in the classroom, to have my characters take the power away from the bullies by developing healthy friendships and ultimately learning to like themselves. Body shaming is also addressed in the story, as the main character is considered overweight by the other characters. I think readers need to see diverse characters in picture books.
Here is the plot synopsis: 11 year old Abby Beech would love to be a real live superhero but her family would rather she be "pretty and popular". It doesn’t help that Abby is, in the words of her mother, "plump" and the kids at her new school enjoy teasing her about her weight and her dreams. But one day, in a strange twist of fate, Abby’s heroic actions help her to become instantly popular. Will her family finally be proud of her? Will Abby be happy, too, or will she miss the old Abby and her superhero ways?
I illustrated the story using dyed paper backgrounds with cut paper figures.The style has a three-dimensional quality. Like my first book, I will include directions for readers to replicate the art style of the book.
Risks and challenges
As this is my second book, I am very aware of the challenges of self publishing. I believe this is an important story to tell and that it will be well-received by children, parents, teachers and librarians, so I am confident that the book will sell. I have the story complete and ready to be published. I will use the same publishing company as I did for my first picture book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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