I aim to create diversity-rich, character-driven, emotionally authentic picture books.
My deep concern for biodiversity often intertwines in settings, characters, plots.
I’ve lived in various locales, urban, suburban, semi-rural and rural settings. I sense the different voices, tones, smells, sounds, pace and emotion of each.
It has also brought me to value nature highly. When it makes sense to the story, I try to bring children back in touch with the natural world that honors all living things.
Overall, I lean to wild lives & imaginative world building where anything envisioned can become the future, where boundaries come down, hurts are healed, creativity is valued, hearts expand.
Here are just a few samples from many of my recent manuscripts with book dummies. Additional stories are always in various stages of progress and revision.
Wolf’s Lala – a lonely little wolf on an island finds a baby to be her sister. Loyalty, communication problems, inclusion, diversity in, family.
Seeking representation & publication – journeying through the submission process.
Moon-Nip Hates Peppers! – but she loves sharing, and finds a friend who loves gifting her in return.
Ms complete / book dummy in revision.
Eating with Mrs Mouse – Moon-Nip is invited to lunch but her table manners are lacking.
Ms WIP. Potential companion to – Moon-Nip Hates Peppers!
LEFT-BEHIND TIGER – In the upset of Mina’s lifelong friend moving back to Japan,
Sumi accidentally leaves her beloved stuffy behind.
Love, separation, grief, loyalty, reconnection, love. MS complete. Book dummy near-sub-ready.
©bonnie lambourn / fireUrchin ~ 2021