Monday, June 1, 2015

Misti Kenison, Author of The Tiny Traveler Series

Author Bio:
Misti Kenison is a web/graphic designer and owner of MK Design. She is the author and illustrator of a new series of baby board books, the Tiny Traveler series. As a new mom, she believes strongly in encouraging literacy at a very young age, and hopes that this series will be a great tool for other parents to do so as well. Misti, her husband, and their two children live in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Title: The Tiny Traveler: Egypt, A Book of Shapes and The Tiny Traveler: France, A Book of Colors
Author: Misti Kenison
ISBN: 978-1-62914-607-2 and 978-1-62914-609-6
Page count: 24
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction/Concepts/Size and Shape
Price: $5.95

Tell us about your book:
The Tiny Traveler series is a collection of primers for children age 0-3, with a primary focus of teaching basic concepts, such as numbers, shapes, colors, etc. Each book uses iconic imagery from countries around the world to illustrate these concepts in an engaging way.

Unlike many other baby board books, which use basic items such as fruit or animals to teach primary concepts, The Tiny Traveler series uses exotic, fantastic images from places around the world to illustrate these concepts. From the Eiffel Tower, to the Great Pyramids, children will learn the basics of colors and shapes while also learning about these famous landmarks.

How long did it take to write the book?
It took about 4-5 months to write and illustrate each book in the series.

What inspired you to write the book?
I got the idea for this series when I was pregnant with my oldest child. I spent a lot of time browsing bookstores and online catalogs to build a nice library of board books to start her out. I realized that there really wasn’t anything out there like the Tiny Traveler series, something that focused on exotic places and travel. 

I actually studied illustration when I was in undergrad. I wanted to go into children’s book illustration then, but things took a detour for me after school and I went into graphic design instead. I’m so glad to finally be able to fulfill my dream of writing and illustrating these books, especially now that I have children who can enjoy them as well.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
Because I do both the writing and illustrations for my books, the process for me is interchangeable. I do a lot of research before I even start gathering ideas for each book, both for copy as well as possible images to use. Once I start writing, I’m constantly thinking about how the words will translate into illustrations as well. It does makes things a bit more complicated at times, but I end up with a more fully realized book than if I just tackled one part of it at a time.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I hope most of all that it is a good learning tool for toddlers. If it helps parents engage their children in reading, that is the most success I can hope for. I also hope it leads them to a lifetime of exploration, of being curious about places and cultures outside of their own.

Excerpt from book:
The sun is a circle.

Where can we go to buy your book?
Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Any other links or info you'd like to share?