Here at Indigo River Publishing,
We believe that learning to read and developing a love for reading are two of the most critical tools in a child’s educational development. In fact, as our society becomes increasingly more dependent on new technology for daily communication, the need for reading has become more critical than ever. This is why we love to publish children’s books.
Today, almost 17 billion text messages and 30 billion emails are exchanged EVERY DAY (keep in mind that the entire global population is only about 7 billion people). The reality is, the importance of reading in our society is an essential component of our social and economic interactions and stability. Will improving literacy truly have an impact on our economy on a long-term basis? The answer is absolutely, “YES!” While a startling 43% of adults at the lowest level of literacy live in poverty, only 4% of adults with strong literacy skills are impoverished. But literacy issues do not begin in adulthood, they begin in childhood.
At Indigo River we are continually looking for new authors, young and old alike, that can not only bring fantastic stories to life, but understand the necessity of incorporating strong messages, morals and values into every children’s story. A great children’s story or book not only helps to develop and educate a young reader, but also provides a means of temporary escapism, which is especially important for children who live in broken homes. Most parents at one time or another have had a great idea for a children’s book; often this comes from listening and interacting with their children (or grandchildren).
Kids are much more imaginative than adults and are more open minded. The decision is up to you whether or not you ever follow through with publishing your story. J.K. Rowling’s initial Harry Potter book was rejected by 12 publishers after only reviewing the first chapter. The 13th was a small publisher whose owner gave the chapter to his 8 year-old daughter. After reading it she immediately demanded the next chapter and prompted her father to publish the book. We need to be sure never to stomp out the creative side of our children; but rather we must recognize, encourage and cherish their imagination.