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G’day everybody! I have another fun and exciting thing to tell you. How about another Good Enough Mother welcome to a woman following her dream, Dianne Branch. Dianne reached out to us at Team GEM a while ago because she wanted to tell the world about her labor of love. Well, it was her labor of love, borne of real labor! Dianne, in true entrepreneurial fashion, has written and published a book series based on her own children. Remember how much your kids loved being read to when they were small? I don’t know about you but we we would read the same books, over and over again (Cole’s personal favorite was “Everyone Poops”; I’m sure that comes as no surprise) until they could read it themselves. I loved reading to my kids because it was such a great time to bond and marvel at their growth.
I’m a big believer in getting books into the hands of kids at an early age so they can take ownership of their learning and it’s such a great thing, watching a child get excited about that. With that said, it’s time for me to turn it over to our newest Featured Advertiser, Dianne Branch, so she can tell you more about her books and vision. Check out her website for more.
By the way, we’ve been getting quite a few ad requests, another indication that our little GEMpire is growing. If you’d like to purchase real estate on this imperfect little space, click here and someone from Team GEM will get right on it! But now, here’s Dianne.
In my books, I have turned the real-life experiences of my two children, Sydney, 7, and Logan, 3, into a children’s book series designed for young readers. My storytelling and vivid illustrations engage children by bringing real learning experiences to life on the page.
In 2008, I wanted to find a children’s book to help guide Sydney through the process of becoming a big sister. I wanted a book that Sydney could see herself in, but had trouble finding stories with characters that looked like her (Sydney has hazel eyes and very curly hair).
Yes Sydney is aware! She wants to autograph all the books. Logan is still too young to understand but hopefully one day soon, he will be just as excited as his big sister.
Actually, writing for children is my only passion for now!
Because my books are guided almost entirely by my children’s real voices and experiences, my children can relate to this and understand what it means. Also, since siblings spend more time together in their lifetime than any other person, I think it is important to show this interaction.
I decided to self-publish simply because I wanted total control. Deciding which self-publishing company was the challenging part because of the vast selection.
Honestly, I believe I handled most of their experiences well. Since I am still learning on how to deal with some new ones, I would seek advice from other moms like GEM.
Sydney and Logan’s stories make the perfect gifts since children can relate to them.