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A tired night in bed with my kids turned me into a children's book author!

how I became an author with no experience

about the author

Rikki Loadsman is a single mother of 2 beautiful girls living in Adelaide, South Australia.

She has always been passionate about children having been an Aupair overseas in the USA and UK, as well as working in the field of childcare and as a school support officer with child with special needs she has always been inspired and passionate about children, their education and self esteem. She studied counselling and psychotherapy which led her to embark on over 10 years of personal development education. She is passionate about children reading and truly believes that literature can always open a readers eyes to something new and wonderful. In a day and age where depression in adults and children has become a norm she felt that this story was fun, and still had a important underlying lesson to be shared to both parent and child when engaging for bedtime reading.

The inspiration that brought this story to life came when putting her daughter to sleep one night. Rikki was working full time and would feel exhausted at bedtime and sometimes didn’t want to read so she and her daughter decided to become the authors of their own stories.They would make up the stories as they went along. On this particular night her daughter Nyari turned to her and said ” mum that is a great story you should write that one down” she agreed.

...and "The Magic of Dreams" as born.

  • Book Style: Story for toddlers
  • Reading Level: 3 (Read Alone: longer length, some mid-level vocabulary)
  • Reading Length: 10-12 minutes (FYI - we never account for toddler questions)
  • Illustration: it's all about magic, so...magical!
  • Age Target: 4-10 Years of Age
  • Author: Rikki Loadsman
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  • Social Media Links: Facebook

The Magic of Dreams is a storybook for toddlers written by Rikki Loadsman. It's a complex story that manages to be told without confusing readers (or their little ones), and as a result it's a lot of fun. If I walk you through the story, you'll understand. Hang on!

Our story begins in a magical forest that has magical fairies and a magical Fairy Queen. There's even a magical wishing tree, that ends up being the focal point of the story. A woodcutter comes to the magical forest looking to cut down trees in order to build a house for his family. He ends up finding the magic wishing tree and, without knowing it's magical or special, decides to chop it down. Every time he tries to cut down the tree, he's stopped by one of the animals living in the forest. In the end, he's approached by another magical character, the wizard. The wizard explains how special the tree is, but he also explains that the woodcutter could get everything he wanted if he simply believes in magic and dreams. The woodcutter does, and ends up getting the house he wished for. He even ends up with a warm apple pie that his wife has baked him.

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