You may be wondering how in the world I came up with Don’t Eat Your Boogers (You’ll Turn Green). Here is the story behind all that ooey, gooey booger goodness.
The Story Behind Don’t Eat Your Boogers
My day job was working in a daycare, which is an excellent place for a children’s author. I have cultivated various ideas for books for both children and adults in the past six years. Throughout my career, I held multiple positions including floater, cook, and assistant teacher. One day when I was in the two-year-old room, one of the kids was eating their boogers.
I can remember my co-teacher firmly but warmly telling this child, “Ew! Don’t eat your boogers!”. Immediately when she said this, I thought “you’ll turn green’. That is when the light bulb clicked that I should write a story about this. I went home that night and wrote a rough draft, but then life got busy, and I didn’t think any more about it.
It wasn’t until I took a freelance writing course in early 2014, and I had to pick an option for my final assignment. I immediately chose ‘children’s short story’ because Boogers was starting to haunt me. I sat down and revised and revised and revised. In the end, my instructor enjoyed it and said I should have it published. It made me feel amazing that someone outside of my sphere of influence truly enjoyed my work.
In the spring of 2015, I submitted it to several magazines only to get rejection letters. No worries, I would just keep trying. In the midst of this, I decided to take it in and read it to the oldest class in our center. They loved it and sat completely still through the whole reading-without illustrations! A few told me afterward that they wanted “that book.” Knowing they are my most honest and authentic audience, I knew that eventually I would have to self-publish it.
A little over a year later Don’t Eat Your Boogers (You’ll Turn Green) was released on November 2, 2015. I had been proudly showing my co-workers my cover and illustrations previously. One of our older kids saw the papers in my hand and asked what I had, and I told him that he would find out in a few months.
He responded by asking me if it was about that story I read them. I told him ‘yes’ and that by November it would be a real book.
I thought his eyes were going to pop out of his head when he responded with a gasp of, “Really?”. It was the best feeling ever to take the first copy in and show them. After all, they are the ones that gave me the confidence to publish it in the first place.
That is the story behind Don’t Eat Your Boogers. So when cold and flu season rolls around again, or your kids are flat out picking their noses, remind them not to eat their boogers because they will turn green.
Since then, I have published my second children’s book in my Boys Will Be Boys Series. It’s called Brock’s Bad Temper (And The Time Machine).