Follow along on our journey to publish a children's book series about good food and healthy eating habits with a francophile twist, bien sûr!
Almost two years ago I began working on a children's book series together with my husband and the exceptionally talented illustrator, Elena Fay. In reading bedtime stories to my daughter I realized that there were very few books published for babies or toddlers that talk about good food and healthy eating habits. I knew right away that this was a story that my husband and I could write. So we did. Then, incredibly, Elena agreed to do the illustrations and couldn't believe my good fortune. The dream started to take shape. These books are not yet published, but we are working hard to make them a reality. These stories have been sitting on my computer for far too long! As the new decade begins, I am so excited to share with you our journey in getting our books published.
About Le Chef's Baby books
Clementine Croissant is a little girl who loves to cook with her Papa, a French Chef. Together, with Le Chef's goddaughter, Charlotte, and the family dog, Chocolat, they get into mischief in the kitchen while learning to cook. Each book concludes with a recipe so that the learning continues and families can recreate the fun of discovering good food in their own homes.
Le Chef's Baby goes to Market
In the first book, “Le Chef’s Baby goes to Market”, inspired by my visits to the Arlington Farmers Market with my husband and daughter, Clementine visits the local Farmer’s Market with her Papa and interacts with the different vendors. Through the story Clementine discovers juicy peaches, crusty baked bread and fresh vegetables.
Le Chef's Baby Bakes a Cake
In Le Chef’s Baby Bakes a Cake, Clementine and Charlotte help Le Chef bake the traditional French after-school cake, Gateâu Quatre Quarts, also known as Pound Cake. Several additional books have already been written, such as “Le Chef’s Baby Makes Crêpes” and “Le Chef’s Baby's Alphabet”. with a potential for many more books. Le Chef’s repertoire of childhood recipes and Elena’s and my creativity to bring them to life is boundless!
Throughout the stories we weave in French words and sayings - just like Le Chef and I do at home. Voilà! I will keep you posted on our progress as we navigate through the process of publishing and beyond. In the meantime if you know any literary agents or publishers who might be interested in our stories - please let me know! I welcome any advice.