I have been playing a lot with words lately. Specifically, I am interested with how they come together in poetry for children. I spent many years reading to my children. Now they are older and I find myself writing children’s poetry instead of reading it. My poems are inspired by the memories of their young explorations and mishaps. I hope that, in the end, I will be able to get this work published.
Recently, I found myself wondering if a regular book with poems and illustrations will capture the attention of a child today. Apparently, now there are even books that read to children so the parents don’t have to.
About a year ago I learned about augmented reality. Maybe this is something that should be integrated into the book as well.
So, last weekend, after about eight hours of trial and error, I have made my first simple augmented reality bug on a leaf. I have not shared it publicly yet, the drawings are rough, but it works! When I point my phone on my leaf image, a googly-eyed cicada pops on it as I look through my phone. I was also able to add my voice reading the poem through the augmented reality app as well. Success! We will see how long the next image takes, but right now I am very excited.