(Guest post from Becky Flansburg)
It was one year ago that this beautiful book rolled off the presses Bang Printing and into the hands of two grateful authors and one very excited publisher.
When it comes to art in all forms, everyone is entitled to their own opinions.
Though written about the tiny house movement, Sissy Goes Tiny was not only written to tell the story of a biracial family living tiny. In a nutshell, Sissy was created to make reading fun while helping families embrace the idea of simpler living and Doing More with Less.
We wanted this book to ultimately encourage families to re-evaluate clutter and overly busy lives in favor of simplicity and freedom.
Especially if it helps them be kinder to Mother Nature.
As with all children’s books, the point is to entertain and enchant, but we also wanted to weave some “gentle lessons” about conservancy, minimalism (a lifestyle B.A. actively practices) recycling, repurposing, and generosity into the text.
A Message from Audrey Press CEO, Valarie Budayr
It makes me very proud to know that Sissy Goes Tiny has had the most beautiful impact among bi-racial children–that, to us, is golden. We are very aware that kids need to see themselves in the books they read (whether its scuba diving, competing in sports, or living in a tiny house) it makes our hearts swell with pride when little girls see the cover and exclaim with excitement, “She looks like me!”
Now officially an “award-winning book,” we are very proud that Sissy Goes Tiny has garnered a Second Place win in Green/Environment Books for Kids and an Honorable Mention in Best Illustrations from the 2020 Purple Dragonfly Awards!
THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us on this wonderful journey. We know Sissy will be a catalyst for change and great conversations for many years to come.
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In Sissy Goes Tiny, eight-year-old Sissy and her parents make the bold choice to downsize their life and embark on a journey of living tiny and doing more with less. At first, Sissy struggles to get used to the idea of living in a tiny house on wheels and traveling around the U.S, but as she and her mommy and daddy learn about downsizing, repurposing, and how “stuff is just stuff,” she soon understands that a life of “living tiny” will be filled with the big adventures and learning.
“I believe that Sissy Goes Tiny is going to open so many minds for people! A tiny house is absolutely not for everyone, but we all like to dream and step into the shoes of another lifestyle in our minds. Learning about this lifestyle I think will help people be more supportive of people who do choose to live unconventionally. Sissy and her family are a great example of that.” Co-author, B.A. Norrgard
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A complete list of this year’s winners is available on the Dragonfly Book Awards website at www.dragonflybookawards.com/purple-dragonfly-contest-winners.
“A very big congratulations to all of our winners who deserve all the recognition for their contributions to children’s literature,” says Linda F. Radke, president of Story Monsters LLC. “I also want to thank all of our judges who help shine a light on the best of the best. They are the ones who truly have their work cut out for them each book awards season!”Connect with Audrey Press on Social Media