I did it- I authored and self published a book called Meet Pete – A Children’s Farm Book! A true story about a beef calf that needed extra attention on our family farm!
Seriously, I’m still amazed that’s my name down there on the bottom cover of a book! I wrote the words, I chose the pictures to use as illustrations, I layed out the book, I submitted for self-publishing……..my freaking book is on Amazon people!
I’m a tad excited! I’ve wanted to write a children’s book for a very long time but never knew quite what I wanted to do! This played out right before my eyes and just came together so easily!
I wanted this to be a story children would love and want to read but I also wanted it to be accurate about life on the farm! It’s not always easy for people to understand how we can care for livestock knowing full well why we raise them. But farm and ranch kids do it every single day and continually blow me away with their compassion, knowledge and work ethic!
A newborn calf, the love a farm kid puts into caring for it and life on the farm!
My biggest fear was finding an illustrator! Because let’s be honest, I have a tough time drawing stick people!
But the most amazing artist was right under my nose the whole time, Vicki! I had seen her farm watercolors and loved them, so when I asked her to paint one of my favorite picture of Pete and this is what she sent me I knew my search was over!
It was just as I had imagined in my head – exactly the way I pictured the illustrations looking! And every picture she sent me was just as exciting as the last!
Meet Pete – A Children’s Farm Book
I love getting pictures of kids and parents reading the book together! I’ve had so much fun reading it to school kids and talking about what it is like to be a farmer!
This was one of the best experiences of my life – truly a dream come true!
March is all things Ag month and a perfect time to share this story, although let’s be honest this is a story for every day of the year!