There’s absolutely no denying that most kids love a bedtime story. You love it too because it means the day is winding down and you’re spending quality time together taking a deep dive into the colourful world of kids books.
But… if you’re anything like us, you can never (ever) have too many books to choose from. Old favourites die hard. But… if you’re in the market for a new bedtime read, boy oh boy do we have a recommendation for you. You Two, You Two by Brooke Hill is a cute as heck kids book all about friendship, imagination and celebrating little humans growing up together. We sat down with author Brooke, to find out all about the process, and why she’s always wanted to write a children’s book.
What do you think it means to be creative?
I think it means using and applying your imagination to bring something new to the world – whether that’s solving a problem, or giving a different perspective, or creating something new. Anyone can be creative, it’s just that as we grow into adults, sometimes we don’t feel like we’re as creative as we once were. But creativity is always within us.
So… You wrote a kids book, yay! Tell us more about that process and why you decided to take the plunge?
I’ve always wanted to write children’s books, since I was a young kid bashing out stories on my mum’s old typewriter. A few years ago, when Patrick (my youngest) was just a few months old, I was searching for a book that nourished and celebrated the relationship between two siblings in a really fun, light-hearted and tender way. I couldn’t quite find that book – so I wrote it! Two years later, it’s launched to the world. It’s the BEST feeling to see my children reading it together, and hearing the wonderful stories of other kids loving it too.
Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
I read a lot of fiction – it’s the one thing that always keeps my creative fuel tank topped up. One of my recent favourites was ‘I’ll Give You The Sun’ by Jandy Nelson. It’s beautifully imaginative.
What is the one topping that doesn’t belong on a pizza?
Mexican. You would think that combining two of my favourite foods – Mexican and pizza – would work, but it’s a train wreck in real life.
Where can we find you and buy a copy of You Two, You Two?
There's also some super cute colouring downloads available too!