Former Gravesend resident receives thanks from Duchess of Cambridge after publishing children’s book

PUBLISHED: 16:30 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:39 28 March 2018

Sue published her children's book in September 2017. Picture: Sue Sibbons

Sue published her children's book in September 2017. Picture: Sue Sibbons


Former Gravesend resident Sue Sibbons has received praise for her first published children’s book, The Alphabet Picnic - including a letter of thanks from Kensington Palace.

Sue, who grew up in Denton, has been living in Sydney with her Australian husband David since 1989.

Speaking about where her inspiration to write a children’s book came from, she said: “I think because I have been a nanny and have been babysitting for so long I was looking for something else I could do for children, and my friend inspired me to write a book.

“For unknown reasons, my husband and I are unable to have children so I’ve always loved to work with them and do things for them - it is one of the reasons why the book means a lot to us.”

The book assits children with learning the alphabet, with all the vowels presented in red and alphabet characters given eyes and hats.

Sue added: “I was looking around children’s library books for inspiration and noticed that there wasn’t much published on the alphabet, which gave me the idea, and after that things just started to come to me and I was able to write the book and be creative with it.”

The book was published in September last year, and after receiving positive acknowledgement in Australia, Sue sent a couple of copies to HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

She said: “I didn’t expect anything back, I just thought I would send the books because of Prince George and Princess Charlotte - and of course the next royal baby who is on the way.

“It was amazing to hear back and receive a letter of thanks - it feels so lovely and it very surreal.”

Sue added that she may look into writing another children’s book in the future, but for now is enjoying being able to share her story with more children.

As part of this, Sue has been visiting many schools to read her book to young students, and hopes it can be a valuable resource for 2-5 year olds learning the alphabet.

The Alphabet Picnic is available on amazon.

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