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Books for children written by children

A mum of two has launched her own special publishing business after she was inspired to bring her own children’s stories and drawings to life in the form of a book.

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Little Ox Press gives children the chance to have their own books published

Deborah Cox wrote storybooks with her children when they were five and seven-years-old and has since launched Little Ox Press. Through this, Cox is offering to pay the printing costs for other parents who want to turn their own children’s stories into physical copies.

The book Cox created with her sons is called Odragono and the basis for the book was created ten years ago.

Describing the writing process to Oxford Mail, Cox says: “They came up with this very quirky, strange idea that was inspired by all the stories they were reading as kids, like Curious George, and it became their own funny little story.

“I’m not an illustrator but I tried to do pictures to go with it. I was trying to find something to do with them that wasn’t going to kill their brain cells and found that kids can come up with some really cool, weird ideas.”

I was trying to find something to do with them that wasn’t going to kill their brain cells and found that kids can come up with some really cool, weird ideas

Cox will accept stories and illustrations completed by children under the age of 18 and will cover the printing, marketing and graphic design costs if she believes it has potential.

Speaking to Oxford Mail, Cox explains how the inspiration behind creating books for children written by children came from her negative experiences of books written by adults.

She describes titles such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt as “written by adults trying to appeal to children in a horribly patronising, almost offensive way”.



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