Butterfly Publishing was created to introduce our first book I’m a Dyslexic Superhero to an audience beyond our friends and family. There was such genuine interest from those we spoke to about our personal book that it inspired us to produce it for a worldwide audience.
It all began during the first Covid-19 Lockdown in 2020. In less than a few days into remote learning I noticed my 7 year old daughter was truly struggling to read and spell. After numerous appointments and tests, (still during lockdown which proved another challenge), my daughter was confirmed dyslexic. In that time Kyla struggled. Being unable to read like her friends, get things wrong repeatedly, and by taking so long to complete her school work generated a serious negative ripple effect.
So to help her, I decided to write a book about her feelings on this very subject.
Which brings me to tell you this…I’m not a writer. At all. When I was young I never liked personal diaries, making up stories or entering creative writing competitions. I would create art and that was my way to document my thoughts. Now, as an adult, I own a photo studio taking portraits of babies and families which is a bit different to writing! ;o)
After a few days of working on our book side by side, Kyla shared her thoughts and feelings about having dyslexia relating them to fun illustrations. I was really impressed with her use of metaphors and so began our book.
The change in her emotional wellbeing this far was considerable. We had a Mummy and daughter project allowing lovely time together, she had a ‘voice’ on what it was like being her and together we learnt many things to help her. This was incredibly empowering. It highlighted her strengths and honoured her challenges. After all these positive changes we put the book aside and didn’t think too much about it until a dyslexic children’s author inspired us to get our message out there. Dyslexic children are misunderstood and given 1 in 5 have dyslexia this was an issue effecting so many children and families. After that, I wholeheartedly jumped into designing our book!
Currently it’s being proofread and the illustrations are being fine tuned. It will be available on Amazon and our website hopefully by September this year.