Sleepy Kiwi Board Book is written and illustrated by Kat Merewether in collaboration with Tikitibu owner, Anneliese Jozefek.
Sleepy Kiwi is bold, printed in black and white, so even the youngest eyes can see him. A great first book for the newest family member.
His story is told through chunky black and white images that mesmerise babies right from birth.
Babies can only see in black and white for around the first five weeks of their lives and this book is designed to engage babies right from birth.
It is designed to help both parents establish healthy sleep routines through reading to baby from day 1, because babies can actually see the book and they respond to it, so great feedback for new parents. Further down the track, the book is a great first reader particularly for children suffering from dyslexia.
The rationale for this is that the author is dyslexic herself, so she's designed the book in a dyslexic-friendly format, from the fonts to the non-use of any glyphs or serifs that can present reading obstacles. The sentence structure is also designed to be easy to read, using repetition and onomatopoeia rather than forced rhyme, so it is more natural to read aloud and encourage a relaxed transition to sleep.