From café to concept to children’s bookshelves: Red C ex-copywriter’s new ‘Read a Play’ book to be publishedby Helen Lawson
My first ever book is coming out soon. Just to hear that sentence makes me smile because I still can’t quite believe it. It’s a children’s book and I was inspired to write it when our son was struggling so much with his reading. At night he would get cross and hide the books we were reading the night before or simply refuse to read. As a copywriter and avid reader myself, this was worrying me. I knew there had to be a way to engage him with stories and stop him feeling so anxious. So, I took it upon myself to write a story he would like to read.
A different approach was needed
After speaking to his teacher we discovered he has a mild form of dyslexia. Which is why the big pages of text in books like Harry Potter and Mr Gum, the sorts of books his peers were reading, were just too much for him. I spoke to an Educational Psychologist about it and she explained it’s because the pages are too text heavy, making it too difficult for him to read. It needs to be broken down a bit… which gave me my idea!