Children’s book takes attention off screens

New book: Author Felicity McLean with daughter Georgia McLean, 4, during her book reading and launch at Cronulla South Public School. Picture: John Veage
New book: Author Felicity McLean with daughter Georgia McLean, 4, during her book reading and launch at Cronulla South Public School. Picture: John Veage

A Cronulla mum and author has written a new book inspired by her children – designed to grab their attention off iPads and other screens.

Felicity McLean’s new book is shaped like an iPad and titled This is a Book! (no wifi needed).

“It is about rediscovering how fun a book can be,” she said. “It is not about demonising the iPad or other screens but remembering that books can be a lot of fun too.”

Ms McLean held a book reading and launch at Cronulla South Public School on Monday, the same school her daughter attends.

Attentive: The book reading at Cronulla South Public School. Picture: John Veage

Attentive: The book reading at Cronulla South Public School. Picture: John Veage

She has written six books but this is her first children’s book. “It was a lot of fun and very different than writing for adults.”

She said her two, young children often gravitated towards screens for entertainment and she wanted to write a book helping them discover the joy of reading.

This is a Book! (no wifi needed) can be found in book stores across Australia. You can also purchase it online here.

Illustrations in the book are done by Georgie Wilson.