I wanted to write The Book of Silly Rhymes for all children including the ones that find reading a struggle. I wanted to put laughter back into reading time as to me reading should be fun and not seen as a chore. When you have a reluctant reader it can be hard to get them to sit down and read and also to stay focused to read a whole book.
This is where The Book of Silly Rhymes comes in!
The rhymes themselves have been written in a funny, silly and sometimes a little bit rude way to get children laughing and keep them engaged. The book is full of individual short rhymes so children who struggle with reading long stories can easily dip in and out of the book and choose what pages they want to read. Every rhyme has a fun illustration drawn by the very talented Louise Rarity to add to the laughter and fun of the book.
The book can be read in any order and having smaller snippets to read can help a child that finds it hard to concentrate and focus on bigger story books.
My publisher Blue Falcon Publishing also found a special font which they have used for the book. This font is specialised to help children with dyslexia read the words. Every character in this font is uniquely shaped to help eliminate the common reading errors of dyslexia. The capital letters and punctuation marks are bold to emphasize breaks and all the letters have clear spacing between them making them clearer to read.
When I was younger I struggled through school and disliked reading. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t get it right. It wasn’t until in later life when I was in college that I was diagnosed with dyslexia. Take a look at my post being a writer with dyslexia to find out more.
Although I didn’t like reading I do remember my favorite book when I was a young and it was a limerick book. Even though it was years ago when I had this book I can still to this day remember my favourite rhyme from it –
There once was a girl called flow,
Who wanted her knickers to show,
She wore a shirt,
As short as a skirt
And kept on bending down low’
This limerick has stuck with me my all my life and with ‘The Book of Silly Rhymes’ I wanted to give children who are struggling, the experience of reading that I had from that book. I hope for the children that struggle this can give them the hope in learning to love reading.
One of my favourite hobbies now is to read, I do it every evening before going to bed and I wouldn’t be where I am today without finding my love of reading. It is a very important skill to have and if children can find their love for reading at a young age it can improve their prospects for later life.
Also take a look at my first children’s book Pete The Cheeky Parakeet a lighthearted rhyming story with a great message about friendship and being kind also avaliable from Amazon and Blue Falcon Publishing.
Why not also take a look at my post on ‘My journey to getting my book published‘.
Why not take a look at my other children’s book reviews –
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