By Chris Bavender
The Carmel author of the self-published children’s picture book, “Up all Night,” recently released a follow-up picture book called “Babies Have All the Fun.”
“By the time I was ready to write the second one, an emerging issue at our house was sibling rivalry. My oldest was 3 and my youngest was 1 and now moving around. I heard on more than one occasion, ‘I wish I was a baby,’” author Jen Lis said. “We found it was somewhat effective to say, ‘Ok, sounds good. So you want to use a bottle again and take extra naps and wear diapers?’ I think kids are a never-ending (source) of inspiration for stories.”
Lis, a pharmacist, took that premise and penned “Babies Have All the Fun” shortly after her first book was published.
“Before I had kids, reading to my own kids was one of the things I looked forward to most as a parent,” she said. “I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to put my kids and stories in books that we can share with others.”
She also appreciates that, thanks to illustrator and Cardinal Ritter High School student Nicolle Loza, she has pages of artwork depicting her sons through the books.
“Since she’s busy with school, we work remotely. I’ll send her the pages along with a few photographs of the boys ‘posing’ as best I can get them to do to help give her a visual of what I may be imagining,” Lis said. “She does a really good job of understanding what the story is about, reviewing photos, considering ideas I have, coming up with her own ideas and perspective and synthesizing all of that into an illustration that just fits perfectly.”
Response to the book has been positive.
“One of my friends has mentioned a couple of times that every time he reads it to his kids they are all reduced to giggles by the end,” Lis said.
“Babies Have All the Fun” is available as a paperback on Amazon.com and at Nurture, a baby/kid boutique in the Fashion Mall and Mass Ave downtown. It’s also available as an e-book for $1.99 through Kindle or free if the paperback version is purchased on Amazon. For more information and links to purchase the book, visit Lis’ website, scholarlyhour.com. A portion of sales from every book will be used to donate books to kids.