As the team at Audrey Press have traveled the journey of publishing the new and unique diverse children’s book, Sissy Goes Tiny by Rebecca Flansburg and B.A. Norrgard over the last year, we’ve had the chance to learn and understand the life choices that go along with choosing to live in a home that is under 399 square feet. These revelations and lessons have come to us courtesy of co-author, B.A. Norrgard who has been living small for over five years.
It was her experiences, paired with the creative imagination and knowledge of the children’s book industry of co-author Becky Flansburg, that inspired these two long-time friends to pen a picture book about a family that chooses shake up the traditional concept of “home” to live Tiny and do More with Less.
And…::drum roll::…Sissy Goes Tiny is now available on Amazon!
First, let’s clarify what *tiny house lifestyle* really means.
The “tiny house movement,” also known as the “small house movement,” basically describes the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. The typical Tiny House is less than 399 square feet and often as small as 100; a far cry from the national average in 2014 of 2,453 square feet. Tiny Houses can be placed on a permanent foundation like a regular home, or on a trailer for a more mobile living lifestyle.
Wanting to “live tiny?” Here’s what you need to know
B.A. shared that the Number One question people asks her was where she goes “Number Two.” We’ll spare you the earthy and organic details, but long-story-short, composting toilets are popular amongst Tiny Housers and have come a lllooonnngg way in the last handful of years.
Other questions posed to B.A about Tiny House living has to do with managing severe weather, security, and storage.
“Many Tiny House communities have storm shelters on the property and as far as security, I honestly have no concerns in that area. I just installed a tiny air condition in my Tiny House so that will help with the Texas heat. I also have an Envi brand convection wall panel heater that hangs on the wall for this cooler temps as well. I did also wire my house in such a way that it would be very easy to convert to solar. As far as storage, those serious about living minimal and going tiny need to really reevaluate everything in their life because storage is so limited in an under 300 square foot house. Many tiny house dwellers utilize their outdoor spaces so much that they consider it part of their daily living space.”
Being self-sufficient is a huge part of Tiny House living and Beth Ann admits being close to resources like shopping and supply stores is key. “Because storage space is limited, you can’t load up on food like you can in a typical house,” she added. “My lifestyle demands that I shop more frequently and being close to larger towns with abundant resources is very important to your convenience.”
Is going tiny in the cards for you??
Looking for a beautiful and unconventional diverse picture book for kids? Check out the upcoming, Sissy Goes Tiny!
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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