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Vankleek Hill artist and author

Ever dream of creating a children’s book?

Many people have imagined turning a daydream into a children’s book; one they can hold and share with others. Some aspire to entertain, others to teach with their “creation.” but all long to see the look on a child’s face as they listen to their book being read. Helping people bring this dream to life in a fun, social and professional way is the purpose of a new class being offered at the Creating Centre in Vankleek Hill. This “Children’s Book Publishing Class” is being offered right now by Andy Smart, a resident who has self published eight of his own child’s books.

Just as children’s books vary greatly in their artistic style and writing complexity, the class accommodates participants of different skill levels. So don’t be afraid to jump right in and see your dream come true. Just look at beautiful books like, “The Giving Tree” with its clean and effective black and white line art, or “At the Pond”, a skillfully-painted child’s counting book with simple text. Both beautiful, quality works worth recommending to any lover of great children’s books.

You can grab a seat in the first class by going to www.childsbookshelf.com. This website will be the creative hub for all books created and published through this class. It’s a place for your friends and family to find your book and all the books created by other participants. This creates a network that promotes and exposes your work to many people. In addition to this visitors to www.childsbookshelf.com will find a link to all published books on Amazon so they can purchase their own copy.

Smart is very excited to see this class grow, serve his community and connect people that value visual arts. He wants to hear from you! On the first page of the Child’s Bookshelf website you will find a link to a survey on art classes he would be willing to run. Based on responses to this survey he will offer other classes or opportunities for the community.

If, having read this article, you find a spark of interest rolling around in your heart, Smart invites you to visit www.childsbookshelf.com and see what it’s all about. The creative freedom and expression of developing children’s picture books is exhilarating not to mention fun, he says!


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