Mt Lawley author unlocks children’s imagination

Children’s author Danny Parker with his daughter Abi (9).Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d442568
Children’s author Danny Parker with his daughter Abi (9).Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d442568

MT Lawley children’s author Danny Parker says his daughter, who is a Year 4 student at Perth College, is one of his most valued editors.

“Abi is a great editor, she’ll say things like, ‘Is that supposed to be funny?” Parker said.

Parker launched his series of four books Lola’s Toy Box at Perth College last Tuesday.

The books are suited to students from years 1 to 3 and tell the story of a young girl who discovers an old toy box that takes her to another world where toys come to life.

Parker is the drama director at Hale School.

His first picture book Tree was nominated for a WA Premier’s Literacy Award in 2012 and Parachute was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council’s 2014 Picture Book of the Year award.

Parker said it was important to encourage imagination in young children.

“The imaginary challenges in the book mirror real-life challenges.

“It’s the first novel for many of them, and that’s a real honour.”