Inspired by her daughter Taylor May, Ladner’s Diane Chubb is getting set to launch her first children’s book.
Chubb said she has always had a passion for the genre and is excited to debut Hello World! in which one little girl sets off to explore the seven continents in seven days. Every day is a brand new adventure meeting animal friends and having cupcake tea parties while dancing her way around the world.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Chubb works as an education assistant in the Burnaby School District.
“In January 2012 I created a vision board – kind of like nine quadrants of what I wanted to accomplish in my life,” Chubb said. “It was just magazine cut outs and one quadrant was that I wanted to write a book. I knew that it would take hard work and grit in order to accomplish all these goals.”
Two years later, Taylor May was born.
“I go to the Ladner Library all the time and always bring Taylor May,” she said. “I first took out a book called When My Baby Dreams. The moment I read it I said I want to be able to do this. I want to write this book. I thought back to my vision board and my decision that I’m going to do this.”
She said at night between baby feedings she would write.
“I would look at her and just be inspired to write,” Chubb recalled. “She had these little cupcakes on her PJs and with my Scottish roots, we always have tea on for a cup when visitors arrive, so that’s how the idea of cupcakes and tea parties came into the story. Then came the seven continents and the animals and the world she would travel in.”
From the time she started writing, the book was finished in two months.
Hello World!is illustrated by Jaslyne Shaw, who has crafted several other children’s books. It is published by Big Heart Publishing Inc.
Chubb will launch the book on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Christmas Farmers’ Market at Emma Lee Farms from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. She will also be at the Port Guichon Fall Fairon Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
She has other book signings and readings in the works for South Delta as well as in Burnaby in the months to come.