The Story Behind the Story: ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE SAY GOOD NIGHT:
Although Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Good Night (Two Lions/ Illustrated by Nate Wragg) is the second Rosie and Charlie adventure to hit the shelves, it was actually the first book I wrote in the series.
In 2016, I participated in NAPIBOWRIWEE. I challenged myself to write seven picture books in different structures (one each day of the week) after reading a wonderful ReFoReMo post by Tammi Sauer about structure.
The original draft of this book was a “how to” book about how to put your mommy to bed. I thought it would be funny to write about this from a child’s perspective. I wanted to highlight the trials and tribulations that parents and children go through at bedtime.
As a child and family psychotherapist, I’ve worked with tons of families around bedtime challenges, and as a mom, well… nobody can prepare you for the bedtime snafus you may encounter.
And now, that “how to” book is a character-focused story with some of its original text, all of its initial voice, and every ounce of its intended heart.
Check out the trailer for ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE MAKE WAVES here:
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Lauren Kerstein is an author and psychotherapist. She is a Jersey girl at heart who currently lives in Colorado with her husband, their two dragons...er, daughters, and their rescue dogs. Lauren's debut: ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE MAKE WAVES (Illustrated by Nate Wragg/Two Lions) splashed into bookstores in 2019. The companion volume, ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE SAY GOOD NIGHT (Illustrated by Nate Wragg/Two Lions), will snuggle into bookshelves September 1, 2020. HOME FOR A WHILE (Illustrated by Natalia Moore/Magination Press) is expected February 2, 2021. Lauren also writes books in her field. Lauren is one of the founders of #ReVISIONweek, a judge with Rate Your Story, runs a critique business, and is a long-time member of 12x12 and SCBWI. Visit her at www.LaurenKerstein.net, on Twitter @LaurenKerstein, Instagram @LaurenKerstein, or Facebook.