Children have the best imaginations. So why not encourage them to be creative and imaginative and think outside the realm of the possible? I decided to do just that when I created my first children’s story, Mommy, What Is the Moon?
Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, this book is sure to be loved by all children, especially those between the ages of two and seven. It is currently in production for its audiobook edition, so be sure to follow Crystal on Facebook to stay updated!
Follow the imagination of a little boy as he guesses what the moon is made of by thinking about its shape and color. A creative book for young children who are just beginning to explore their imaginations.
For children ages 2-7.
This book’s initial release date is in honor of the author’s friend, who passed away in 2013 due to complications with diabetes. For this reason, 10% of profits from all sales of this book will go to the JDRF (jdrf.org) to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Through buying this book, you change one child’s life with a story and another child’s life with a donation.
I’m currently trying to get this book approved for the Accelerated Reader program, and that’s a lot easier to do when it’s suggested by teachers and librarians. If you’re associated with a school and would like to offer your recommendation, please visit my front page and follow the link to the Renaissance Learning website. All the information you’ll need is provided with the link. 🙂
The History Behind the Book
In October 2015, I did a word sprint with some friends to practice writing daily in preparation for NaNoWriMo. The theme was “the moon.” Before I knew it, I had a wonderful story about a little boy who tries to figure out what the moon is made of. I thought it was cute, so I read it to my kids. They loved it! My five-year-old requested it every night for almost a month.
Eventually, I realized I needed pictures to go with the words. If my kids loved it so much, maybe other kids would, too. So I reached out to my friend Michael Finch. He had been doing cover art for the publishing company I was working for at the time, and was available to do my illustrations on the side. Within a few months, we had our pictures! There was just one thing left it needed.
The idea behind the story was to inspire children to use their imaginations and find creative new ways to explore the world around them. But I wanted to do more than that. And fate gave me a way. The release date was more or less a coincidence; it was far enough out to finish formatting and proofing but early enough that it’d be in time for Christmas. When I realized the perfect date was November 17th, I almost cried. On that day in 2013, I lost one of my closest friends to complications with diabetes. Even though the book itself has nothing to do with the illness, I want to help children who are suffering from it, who have to deal with it every day. I want to make sure that other families won’t have to lose their loved ones to diabetes.
That is why 10% of the profits from all sales of this book will be donated to the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation. Through buying the book, you change one child’s life with a story and another child’s life with a donation. And that just makes my heart happy.
As a huge thank you for showing an interest in my book, I’d like to share with you this full book reading of Mommy, What Is the Moon, narrated by me. I’m also giving away free ebook copies in exchange for an honest review. Fill out my contact form to request your copy! If you enjoy this video, be sure to share it with the little ones in your life so they can enjoy it too. All reviews are welcome and appreciated on Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes & Noble.