I’m bursting with pride for my friend Deborah Kelson, who has just published an adorable children’s book that I cannot recommend more whole-heartedly for kids who are old enough to a) eat peanut butter and jelly and b) not put books in their mouths.
After working full-time and parenting two young children for a handful of years, Deb recently decided to give herself a break. She had a couple of creative projects brewing in her mind, and left her job working for a big corporation in search of a re-energizing experience.
She spent a few months working on the book and getting it ready for publication. When the book was done, she got a new full-time job. I am not sure I’ve ever witnessed such neat and clean story about work/life balance.
Allow me to introduce Peanut Butter or Jelly by Deborah Kelson
The characters Deb created, Peanut Butter, a salty type, and Jelly, a sweet but sassy friend, come to life in the photographs she styled using real bread, the two spreads obviously, and a variety of clever props as backgrounds.
The story invites us to rethink the fairness of Peanut Butter always taking top billing in America’s favorite sandwich, and suggests that maybe Jelly should have a turn.
My grade-school aged children were completely engaged by this proposal. They debated it with intensity.
The website PeanutButterOrJelly.com allows kids to vote — whose name should go first? — and mine were way into it.
- Deborah raised the money to publish her book on Kickstarter and wrote an excellent blog post about how to succeed with Kickstarter.
- Years ago, Deb shared her anxieties about having a second baby.
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