Our typical bedtime routine was to walk into our parents' bedroom, kiss them goodnight and tuck ourselves into bed. There were no bedtime stories or books to help us fall asleep.
Once I became a mother, I made sure I made my kids' bedtime routine a little more special. It's the perfect time for bonding and setting their little minds loose to dream beautiful dreams at night.
The Blessed Bananas was a wonderful byproduct of one of those bedtimes. I just came up with the story as I laid them to bed one night, but hearing it once was not enough for them. They would make me repeat the story often and repeatedly told me how it needs to be made into a book.
So, one day, I decided to type up this simple story and sent it into the IWA writing contest. Lo and behold, I won first place and knew my imagination had led me to a winner.
For the last two years, I have made it a mission to carry on the beautiful tradition of orally sharing stories and have been blessed to present The Blessed Bananas as a puppet show to kids all across America. I was then so fortunate to get picked up by award-winning publisher Prolance and also be able to find my super talented award-winning illustrator Melani Putri. Thanks to them, this bedtime story has now come to life as a book you can hold in your hands.
May your bedtime routines be a little warmer and your kids' dreams even sweeter with The Blessed Bananas.