Our Children’s Author Spotlight falls on the very talented Margaret Welwood. Margaret is passionate about children’s literature and ensuring that they develop a passion for books. Her lovely story, Little Bunny’s Own Storybook, is just about that – a little girl who creates her own book and gives Margaret the idea to create to share this process with others.
Little Bunny’s Own Storybook
Shaylee’s mom wants her to read a book while I’m babysitting her. This little girl doesn’t normally mind reading, but today is different. She really, really doesn’t want to read. Thankfully, there are other factors operating here: Shaylee’s love and respect for her mom, and her creative approach to problem-solving. Please note that Mom didn’t stipulate a traditionally published book, nor one that wasn’t written on construction paper. You’ve guessed it—Shaylee writes and illustrates her own book and reads it to me. And what is it about? A lion that solves a problem.
Shaylee’s solution provided the initial inspiration for Little Bunny’s Own Storybook. Then our local library closed for inventory, and I had the crisis that propelled Little Bunny into the worlds of art and authorship.
Librarians, teachers and parents have kind words to say about various facets of this story.
• Rhyming text: “Margaret Welwood’s use of rhyme helps young readers discover and pronounce new words. And because each word is used to develop Bunny’s story, children can become word detectives, figuring out the meaning of new words…”
• Comforting themes: “Little Bunny’s favorite spot is the library, where he reads a different book Monday through Thursday. These stories’ themes are mainly about being strong and safe. I like the way it teaches that there are good persons who protect children from bad situations, like fires, the dark, and pirates.”
• Motivation to write: “The ending is very motivational as it guides the reader to create his or her own storybook by showing different pictures and asking questions.”
About the Author
Great Aunt Lily taught me to read, my mother parked me in the book section of The Bay while she did her shopping, and my grade 12 English teacher encouraged me to write.
So here we are *several* years later . . . .
I have written over 100 traditionally published magazine and newspaper articles. I also edited a diabetes education guide that won first place in the reference category of the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards (2010).
And I taught English as a Second Language for years with stories as a mainstay.
Now a new door has opened into Storyland . . . the world I’m exploring with my grandchildren. My first picture book for children, “Scissortown,” is the only one I know of that offers a choice of inside back cover. “Marie and Mr. Bee” offers a choice of last page.
I also like to encourage young readers and writers–my site features stories and art by children 7-12 years old. You may wish to check out some of their interesting and colorful creations.
A weekly storytime with young children as well as time spent with my grandchildren have made for some interesting discoveries about children’s literature. I blog about these discoveries and review my top picks on Goodreads and other sites.
Locally, I help adults improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills one-on-one. I also offer editing and proofreading services.