A forever dream of mine is becoming reality, and it brings me such joy to share this here with you! As a former teacher and a lover of reading, I could not be more excited to announce that I am writing a children’s book!
This story has been a long time in the making, and growing in my heart over time. The main character is inspired by my three girls. I named her AnneMarie — which feels like a nod to my three a-name daughters and has always been a name that was on my list if we had another girl!
There are other special pieces of my kiddos and our family in this book, throughout the illustrations. If you know our story, I hope that you find joy in recognizing these things that mean so much to me. You may even see my grandma’s very special blue stove — something that I truly adore and have carried with us from home to home.
The book aesthetic is a true reflection of my art and the spaces that I create for my children. Soft pastels, florals, fun colors and a whimsical feel adorn each page as book art, that I hope will be on bookshelves for generations to come!
The true essence of AnneMarie’s story is something that I have always been intentional about instilling within my own children. The value of kindness, of knowing your own worth, of fighting through fear to share your gifts and light with the world.
“But like most little girls and boys, AnneMarie
struggles to be brave and put herself out
there especially after being made fun of at
school. Join AnneMarie and her furry friends
as they journey to the world of Make-Believe
to learn an important lesson in kindness and
conquering one’s fears.”
I hope that when you pick up this book to read with your children they are inspired by AnneMarie. That they see their own beauty through her story and character! May you add AnneMarie’s story to your children’s book recommendations, and find that it is a story that you look forward to reading at bedtime!
“Written by Casey Wiegand,
Casey hopes AnneMarie’s
Make-Believe will inspire readers to be
kind to everyone they meet and share their
sunshine with the world.”