I am so excited to be able to announce my first collaborative children’s book is publishing today! The Big Brass Band written by Pam Bonsper.
Pam reached out to me early last spring about some stories she had written, she wanted to publish but just wasn’t sure that dealing with a traditional publisher was going to be right for her. She wanted her books NOW! She has two young grandchildren who need to read grandma’s work, and hold grandma’s books in their hands, while they were still young enough to really appreciate them.
She had found the Storytots.com site and I just happened to be in the process of writing two articles about self publishing children’s books and working with an illustrator, they hadn’t even published yet! It felt like fate …
I won’t lie, I was a little nervous before I read the story she sent me. What if I didn’t like it? I had no idea what sort of writing background she had. The story she sent was a rhyming story too, those can be so painful if the rhyme isn’t quite right.
Considering that the final cover of the book above, I think you can guess that I was thrilled with what she had sent! She had nailed the rhyme scheme, the story was a delight and it had wonderful opportunities for me as an illustrator to really have fun. A collaboration was born!
About The Big Brass Band
A parade! Watch from the sidelines, as a little fellow follows the magnificent marching band go by. He is overcome by the sounds of the big brass band, and every instrument is his favorite. How can he decide which instrument he will play? Will it be a bassoon, a drum, a tuba? In this delightful rhyming tale about a parade, a band, and a boy, Pam Bonsper and illustrator Jessica Ziegler take us on a very loud, decision-making journey while we learn the names of the instruments in a marching band. But be aware…your children may want an instrument after reading this book! Which instrument will they choose?
Written by Pam Bonsper
Illustrated by Jessica Ziegler
Ages 2-98.5″x8.5″ Softcover
$6.99 via Amazon.com (+SH)