Local children’s author sees book goes worldwide

 

Amherstburg children’s author Robin Martin-Duttmann has seen her book “Zoo on the Moon” turned into an e-book and also be featured in school curriculums worldwide.

Amherstburg children’s author Robin Martin-Duttmann has seen her book “Zoo on the Moon” turned into an e-book and also be featured in school curriculums worldwide.

Author Robin Martin-Duttman shows her book "Zoo on the Moon" with children Noah and Cici by her side.

Author Robin Martin-Duttman shows her book “Zoo on the Moon” with children Noah and Cici by her side.

By Ron Giofu

 

When Robin Martin-Duttmann first wrote “Zoo on the Moon” 17 years ago, she did it for fun.

When she finally published the book in April 2013, she didn’t expect it to grow in popularity to the extent that it has.

Now, the children’s book she has penned has gone from being a local release to an international one and a book that will be in the curriculum in schools across the globe.

“I was invited to attend Book Expo America, which was in New York City in April. I could not attend but I sent my book with my publisher Strategic Books Publishing and Rights Agency,” said Martin-Duttmann.

That exposure at Book Expo got the rights to “Zoo on the Moon” sold to Libiro, an independent online bookstore that will distribute her book as an e-book.

In addition to that, the International Baccalaureate has picked up the book and will add it to their e-book library where it will serve nearly 1.2 million students at 3,776 schools in 147 countries. It will be used in their primary years curriculum for students aged three to 11.

“I have no idea what that means monetarily,” she said. “That’s being negotiated.”

A soon-to-be-launched YouTube channel, known as KidLit, will also feature Martin-Duttmann. The Amherstburg author said that is connected to her new book “Junebug Jamboree” which is due out in approximately six weeks.

“I’m on their roster to do an interview and trailer for my new book,” she said, adding that an editor with the Huffington Post will do the interview.

Martin-Duttmann said she had no idea “Zoo on the Moon” would take off as it has, adding she cried when she learned it will be part of the curriculum for schools worldwide.

“I was so overwhelmed and happy, I couldn’t imagine it,” said Martin-Duttmann. “I wrote it for fun. Who’da thunk it?”

The ascension of the book’s popularity is something she attributes to the Purple Dragonfly Award it won in 2013 for the best new children’s book for ages five and under.

“Since it won the award, it has been getting quite a bit of exposure,” she said. “To me, it’s just amazing it’s doing this well. I’m just going to ride the wave. I’m excited that kids are going to read something I’ve written.”

The book is available through Amazon.ca or locally at the Mudpuppy Gallery in Amherstburg, North Shore Antiques in Harrow or Crafter’s Plus in Windsor. Cost when buying the book locally is $13 and it is listed on Amazon.ca for $13.25.

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