This month it is my pleasure to introduce you to Chrissy Byers – author, illustrator, and early childhood educator. It was only after many years in the classroom and becoming a parent herself that Chrissy was able to fulfil her lifelong dream of being an author and illustrator. With the success of her first book The Magic in Boxes, and another on its way, Chrissy shows us that dreams can come true.
Chrissy, what was your motivation for writing this book?
As an experienced early years class teacher, I had noticed that, with the rise in technology there was a decline in the amount of time children spent engaging in imaginative play. I was compelled to write and illustrate a children’s book which would remind parents, and inspire children, to see the magic in everyday household junk.
Unlike a traditional children’s book, I felt that the recount genre would suit my intentions better than a narrative. I saw this as being an additional bonus for primary teachers, as there are very few examples of recount picture books.
The repetitive text elements encourage pre-reading children to join in a shared reading experience. It also provides opportunity to incorporate hand gestures when reading, which helps focus young minds and occupy little hands during carpet time. The rhyming couplets assist in reading prediction and keep the beat of a fast-moving text.
Do you think of yourself more as a writer or an illustrator?
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