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Sophie's New Song

A therapeutic picture book for children with absent parents

Sophie's New Song

A therapeutic picture book for children with absent parents

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About

I am raising funds to help publish “Sophie’s New Song,” a picture book I’ve written about a young girl coping with an absent parent.  

As a child and adolescent therapist for the past 18 years, I have seen many children struggle with how to cope with having an absent parent. My goal in writing this picture book is to normalize this situation for children, demonstrate healthy ways to cope with feelings, and especially help families communicate with one another about a difficult topic. 

Finding therapeutic resources that address their situation is challenging since it’s a topic that’s covers a large number of circumstances.  In some cases, children have never met their parent and have little or no information about them. Other times a parent might stay on the periphery of a child’s life, calling on a birthday or holiday.  Reasons for absences also vary and include separation and divorce, incarceration, as well as a parent having a problem with addiction or mental illness.

Despite the many different family situations, a common problem that arises is when and how to talk about the absent parent. Children also often have unanswered questions and difficult feelings about their parent.  

“Sophie’s New Song” will also provide a resource to help guide professionals working with children who have an absent parent.  A Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals” is included at the end of the book.

A two-page note to parents, caregivers and professionals at the end of the book includes information to help children identify their feelings about their absent parent.

The Illustrations

Artist and illustrator Lisa Johnston Hancock will create the illustrations for “Sophie’s New Song, and you can view her wonderful artwork here.

Cover artwork for Sophie's New Song
Character sketches for "Sophie's New Song" by Lisa Johnston Hancock

The Final Product

When published, Sophie's New Song will be an 8.5 x11 soft cover picture book consisting of full color illustrations. The length of the book is 32 pages. The majority of funds raised will go towards illustrations costs, but will also pay for a title set up and an ISBN through print-on-demand publisher, IngramSpark. Donations will also go towards marketing the book (outreach to bookstores, libraries, schools) as well as Kickstarter fees.

Stretch Goals include creating an eBook version of Sophie's New Song and therapeutic tools to use along with the book. These tools include creating a chart of Sophie's different feeling faces (printable and as a magnet) and coloring sheets from important moments in the book with fill-in-the-blank prompts to help children identify and communicate their feelings. 

Risks and challenges

Sophie's New Song is a project in the works. Illustrator Lisa Johnston Hancock has completed a story board and line drawings for the book, and is currently in the process of adding color and texture to her illustrations. Once the illustrations are complete, I will complete the layout of the book and submit it to the publisher. Unforeseen delays are always a possibility, as this is my first time publishing and designing the layout for a book. To prevent a delay, I plan to get assistance with the layout from a published author who has design experience.

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