There’s a special time of day for a young child and parent, a time to disconnect from the world in order to reconnect with each other, when all of the screens are turned off and imaginations are turned on.
That time is bedtime, and the best thing about bedtime is sharing a great bedtime story. After picking out a new or favourite book, you and your child get to snuggle up in their bed by a soft light, turn the first page, make funny faces and voices, and go on an adventure together. The adventure usually ends with an excited plea, “Please read it again!” which you return with a loving smile and a gentle kiss good night. What a great way for you both to end the day.
You never want either of you to forget that time when you connected so deeply. You hope that one day your child will share such moments and stories with their own children.
Ten FUN FACTS about Author L.S. Miller and Illustrator Scott Allen Hill
1) Favourite childhood books for L.S. consisted of silly and adventurous dogs. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell, and Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion topped the list.
Scott Allen's faves were Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, and the beautifully illustrated, Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll.
2) L.S. never had any intentions of writing a children’s book.
The title and story of the first book came to her while taking a break from writing something else. Each book was written in less then an hour, and she completed the remaining four over the next four days.
3) Scott Allen is a self-taught artist and used to be a professional photographer.
Even though he studied art throughout school, his main focus (pun intended) was photography. He excelled at shooting high-speed sports like car racing using a hand-held camera. As well, he photographed food for cookbooks by renowned chefs.
4) Four is the author’s favourite number.
It’s used subtly in each of the books. In fact, L.S. even made up a song about four way back when she was
a kid. Her friends are very aware of this fact and the song.
5) Neither L.S. nor Scott Allen has children of their own, and they have no nieces or nephews.
This constantly surprises people. The author’s quote, which is featured in every book, is Never let go of Imagination’s hand. They never did.
6) Six is the illustrator’s favourite number.
It is not used subtly in the book . . . or maybe it is. He’s always sneaking details in when no one’s looking.
7) Scott Allen hasn’t visited the aquarium in Toronto—yet!
Given the detail of his illustrations in the first book, Lulu, Are You Going to Sleep All Day? Monday, you’d think he lived in the aquarium. All of his drawings are from his imagination, inspired by many years of diving in Bermuda.
8) L.S. works in the fitness business as a personal trainer specializing in orthopaedic exercises.
“Getting someone to trust you so you can help them go beyond their self-imposed limits to achieve their goals is very rewarding. You have to be creative and imaginative to come up with different ways of not only challenging the body but also preventing boredom with the same workout.”
9) L.S. and Scott Allen are both Toronto born and raised.
For many years they lived five blocks apart but didn’t actually know each other until after graduating from high school. Both are extremely proud to be Canadian and hope to keep the books as Canadian as possible, not only the content and design, but also the production and printing.
10) Kids and adults alike love the first book.
It’s true. We did a focus group of over fifty kids and adults, and all gave the book a huge thumbs-up. L.S. says, “When you look at the book, you’ll like it. When you read it, you’ll love it!”
L.S. Miller is a business owner in the fitness and health industry. She lives an active life in Toronto, Canada, with her very active Jack Russell Terrier, Lulu. She says that wherever they go people fall in love with her little dog’s big personality, so the best way to share Lulu is to write about her. Lulu, Are You Going to Sleep All Day? Monday is L.S. Miller’s first in a series of five books showcasing the adventures she thinks Lulu may very well be enjoying when left at home alone.
Scott Allen Hill is an artist who for many years worked in the photography industry.
He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his Yorkshire Terrier named Gizzy. “Since I can remember, I loved to draw cartoons,” he says. The first book in the Lulu series is Scott's first illustrated children’s picture book. It all came about because of Lulu and her owner, L.S. Miller. “I can’t wait to start drawings for Lulu, Are You Going to Sleep All Day? TUESDAY.”
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