Here’s what Stella and Fiona have to say about their books:
We made them because, as parents we noticed there's a real lack of honest, funny books for pre-school children that accurately represent the hurdles and situations they have to deal with. Where are the potty books that unashamedly mention poo, wee and bum-wiping? The new baby books that acknowledge you might feel less than delighted about your new sibling? The books about tantrums, living between two homes, or death? We couldn't find them, but we know that children ask and wonder about these things and think it's really important they're on the shelves. So to get the ball rolling, we’re making the books.
Let's Talk About... books offer the occasion for a chat with your child to talk about a new or difficult idea. They look fun, bright and appealing and show real kids in real environments and familiar situations. Informal photos present "reality" while colourful illustrations give the child's perception of what's going on. The books are written in a child's voice and from their point-of-view, delivered in a mix of narration, thoughts and prompting questions to the reader. They can be funny and irreverent, but they're also thoughtful. They take the pressure off your own experience because they're about someone else, but they're designed to keep bringing the conversation back to you. They're also by parents of pre-school children (us!) who are possibly more familiar than they want to be with the kinds of questions children ask; who know what they understand and find funny and interesting.
Let's Talk About books are not how-to manuals. We don't think we have all the answers, and we firmly believe that there's no "right" way of parenting - everyone's style is as individual as they are. We think most parents and carers are already doing it right, simply because they're doing their best and we want to celebrate and support them. But what we do know is that the best way to pick your way through the metaphorical dog poo on the path of Life is to TALK ABOUT stuff together.
In Let's Talk About: Big Beds and Bedtime, Layla is 2 and Mum and Dad say it’s time for her to move to a Big Bed! We share this important ritual in any child’s life, as Layla prepares for her first night; banishes monsters; attempts some late-night wanderings, and finally wakes, jubilant (if a bit too early). From sleeping in unfamiliar places to getting up in the night; fear of the dark to waking up early, this sleep book has got it all wrapped up (in a big duvet).
Whilst Let's Talk About: My New Baby stars Jack who is also 2, and soon to have a new baby brother or sister. While Jack narrates what is going on around him, simple, funny cartoons show his perceptions of how his mummy will ‘have’ the baby; how he will share his mummy with the baby; his real feelings about the baby when it finally arrives and much more. Featuring breastfeeding, tears and telly, this is a new baby book with a difference!
Stella & Fiona really hope you like the books, and would love to hear all comments and suggestions - visit them on Facebook: or www.lets-talk-about.co.uk and follow them at @StellnFi on Twitter.
The first two books in the Let’s Talk About… series Let's Talk About: My New Baby and Let's Talk About: Big Beds and Bedtime have just been published, with two more books Let’s Talk About… Pants and Potties and Let’s Talk About… The ‘No’ Word following soon.