For a period of about...oh, maybe 6 months?...when the Kid was two or three, I thought it would be really neat to get a children's book published.
I have a story saved on my hard drive still (there are chickens), but--as I started researching what you have to do to get a book published, particularly in the uber-competitive "children's book" category--I realized that I didn't need that. Making up the story was the part that made me happy. Doing the work to get it published? Meh, that sounded like a drag.
But, because my children are still in the "picture book" stage, it is nice to make one's stories into physical books. And, because that's so easy to do with the internet and all...why not?
If you will recall, I made just such a book for one of the Kid's favorite train stories a few years ago. When it came time to make a similar book for Little Miss, though, I knew that it had to be centered on one very special character--her favorite doll, Pee Pee Penny.
My mom bought Pee Pee Penny because Little Miss wanted a doll she could take in the bathtub. We quickly discovered that, while she was made of waterproof material, anytime Pee Pee Penny took a "swim" she would also take on water. Water that would subsequently leak from her various orifices for several days thereafter. Hence, the "Pee Pee" in "Pee Pee Penny".
But, leaky or not, Little Miss adores her. And the story? Well, of course, it had to be related to her going to the bathroom.
We took pictures of Pee Pee Penny at the park, at the doctor, with friends at the coffee shop, and so forth. At each place, she concludes that she's not quite in the right place to go potty. Until--because I'm sure you never would have guessed--at the end, when our dear Pee Pee Penny does finally find her potty.
Go forth and become your own children's author!