I'm finally allowed to share the news! Shortly after lockdown began, I woke up at 3am one morning and wrote a poem about all the rainbows children are making - and it's going to be a book. Very soon!
'WHEN THE WORLD MADE A RAINBOW' is designed to bring comfort to young children, and to the child inside all of us. Right now we're all seeking reassurance, but it's hard to come by. I hope that this book will help families discuss the changes to our lives in an honest and yet encouraging way.
I'm hugely grateful to Bloomsbury for embracing and supporting this project. They're currently in talks to partner with a children's charity so that proceeds can have as positive an impact as possible.
Meanwhile, illustrator Emily Hamilton and designer Goldy Broad are bringing the art into beautiful shape in a very short amount of time, under the eagle eye of my editor Elaine Connolly. (Thanks, too, to Emma Blackburn for getting the ball rolling. What a lovely final book to be making with you after all the ones we've made during your time at Bloomsbury!)
With any luck 'WHEN THE WORLD MADE A RAINBOW' will soon become a piece of social history - a time capsule for children in classrooms to study, to help discuss their personal experiences of lockdown - rather than a mirror held up to reflect our current situations.
I'm really missing working with children (apart from my own, of course!) and visiting schools to promote reading for pleasure. I'm very glad to have found some small way to put my limited skills to use during the pandemic.
Michelle Robinson is a