October's Local Author - Lindsey Bugnet

Questions for Lindsey

Q: What is one thing you want people to know about your books?

A: The goal of my book was to address the COVID-19 pandemic and help make it relatable and relevant to children young and old. I wanted my book to help enable conversations and discussions about what was going on in the world. In writing this book I realized that amongst all the chaos that came with the sudden changes and restrictions there were positives to be taken away. I personally have tried to learn from the restrictions during the lockdown and how it affected my life. I try to cherish the time I have with my loved ones and find joy in the moments instead of worrying about the little things that really don’t matter. 

Q: Why did you become an author? 

A: I decided to write this book because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I was concerned that it would be difficult to explain what was happening in the world in a way that kids could understand and relate to. 

Whenever I find something is difficult to explain to my own students, I try to find a good book or a story that makes what’s happening relatable to them. This always helps me teach about important and serious topics in a way that isn’t too overwhelming to little minds. 

The changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic were sudden and shocking for adults, I can’t even imagine how kids would begin to understand and cope with the restrictions. 

I hoped that this book would help families, kids, teachers, and anyone for that matter to open up discussion about the pandemic and find ways to learn and grow because of it.

Q: Do you have any advice for any new and upcoming author / illustrators? 

 A: I always wanted to write a book but thought it would be something to explore later in life. I’m so glad I didn’t wait and I took the time to do it now! I completed the process almost entirely on my own… the writing, editing, illustrations, and self-publishing. Anyone can become a writer or illustrator if you put your mind to it. It was a difficult process at first, but it got easier the further I got. Now, I am so proud to say that I wrote and illustrated my very own picture book.