The Story of I Wish You More by Tom Lichtenheld

This post made me a little teary-eyed, and I won’t lie–Lillian has a new book headed to her shelf via Amazon two-day shipping.

But the bigger idea here is what we can communicate to our kids about the joys and pains of writing. One, that writing is not a linear process. Two, that everything you put into it may not be there in the end, and that’s okay. And finally, the power of seeing stories in everyday, ordinary moments. A girl with mismatched buttons inspired this beautiful text. Amazing!

Nerdy Book Club

Many years ago, I worked in advertising –  making TV commercials, magazine ads and the like. While casting kids for a tv commercial, this little girl showed up with her sweater mis-buttoned, so I said, “she has more buttons than holes.” Then, of course, I did a doodle…

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Which made me wonder if it could become a book…

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which made me do more doodles…

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My initial idea was that the book would be a collection of “more this than that” situations.

At the same time, I was experimenting with watercolors and created this random image by sprinkling salt onto wet, blue paint, which was clearly meant to be a snow-filled sky.

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I liked many of the situations but there wasn’t much holding them together – no Big Idea to give them context. I had about 20 drawings, which I showed to my very smart friend Amy Krouse Rosenthal, asking…

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