18 December 2015

Ginger and the Plastic Pirates

Around 6 months ago, I announced on Instagram that I was writing a children’s book.

The first draft and title have been completed. Over the summer I will work on the draft (probably multiple drafts…) hopefully getting it to a final stage by March. From there, I will begin the illustrating process.

Why a kids book and not one for adults?

There are already TWO books and an eBook geared at adults wanting to reduce plastic and waste. Beth Terry’s book (read, loved and have passed onto many people), Bea Johnson's zero waste guide (have not read, heard only fabulous things and am waiting for it be available at my library) and Lindsay from Treading My Own Path eBook guide (another good read).

There really is no need to add another book to either genre. These three ladies have sorted it.

However, there are not many Australian kids’ books, focusing on plastic pollution. So I decided to write one. The main aim is to present an ordinary family, doing ordinary things and how changing a handful of habits, can reduce single use plastic and potential pollution. My biggest hope, is that it will act as a tool for education and drive conversations within the family home.

...and yes the main character will have red hair! 
  1. Good thinking, and good luck with your book!

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  2. Oooh somehow I missed your Instagram announcement - how exciting! Sounds like the perfect project for you : ) I am sure it will be beautiful...

    Good luck - can't wait to hear about it unfolding!

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  3. Such a great idea! I am sure the book will be fantastic. I can´t wait until it´s finished. I am not aware of any children books about plastic here in Holland, perhaps we could translate it!

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    1. That would be a good idea or I bet you could write one for country :)

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  4. What a fabulous idea. My three year old asked me why I picked up someone else's rubbish off the ground and when I started explaining to him all the myriad reasons, he decided he would collect rubbish too. It's bordering on maniacal now, but I can imagine a book like this having a great impact on young people. We are just starting out striving for zero waste and I can't wait to share your book with my mini's.

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    1. That is wonderful to hear about your son helping with the rubbish collection. I better get cracking on the book :)

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  5. Hi Erin!

    Writing books that aim to educate children is not just a fantastic idea - it's an effective way of changing the future. In the marketing world, we know that change doesn't come by targeting adults - it starts at grass roots and school levels.

    For example, do you remember the 'Dumb Ways To Die' campaign run my Metro trains a few years ago? The agency that came up with the concept said that the campaign specifically targeted children so they'd start thinking about their behaviour / forming habits early on (before they turned into naughty teenagers who don't listen to anything anyone says). Likewise, if we think back several decades ago we can probably recall ads on TV aimed at kids about crossing the road safely or wearing seatbelts.

    I hope your book has this kind of effect on young children who will make the world a better place :)

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    1. Thank YOU Nat :) That is what I am hoping to do with the book. Plant the seed early, while making the key themes of the story accessible to everyone.

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