Gareth Vanderhope

is creating Children's Books with soul for Kids aged 8 to 12

Select a membership level

Willie Wagtail
$1
per month
Willie wagtails are cute little birds that love to wag their tails!


Be a Willie Wagtail patron of the arts. By chipping in $1/month you'll: 

  • Help me write/publish my books faster so you or your kids can read them sooner.
  • Ongoing patrons of 3-months or more will receive an eBook of my first novel once it is completed.
  • Ongoing patrons will receive an eBook copy of subsequent novels once they are completed.
  • Receive 1 high-resolution printable image file created by me as part of the book illustration development. 
Crimson Rosella
$3
per month
Crimson Rosellas have distinctive red and blue plumage and fly like rockets!


Be a Crimson Rosella patron of the arts. By chipping in $3/month you'll: 

  • Help me write/publish my books faster so you or your kids can read them sooner.
  • Receive everything in the $1 tier PLUS
  • Receive 2 more (total 3) high-resolution printable image files created by me as part of the book illustration development.
Kookaburra
$5
per month
Kookaburras are jovial birds with a distinctive laughing call. 


Be a Kookaburra patron of the arts. By chipping in $5/month you'll: 

  • Help me write/publish my books faster so you or your kids can read them sooner.
  • Receive everything in the lower tiers (including eBook once my novel is published) PLUS:
  • Receive 2 more (total 5) high-resolution printable image files created by me as part of the book illustration development.
  • You will be eligible to join my private Patreon Facebook group where I will personally respond to questions from members about creative writing. You will also have the opportunity to participate in activities like polls relating to my future books.

0

patrons

$0

per month

About

I grew up in the Dandenong Ranges, Australia. As kids, my friends and I spent most of our spare time exploring the neighbourhood in search of fun, wild food and adventure. Every year, we picked chestnuts to sell at the entrance to Sherbrooke Forest. I always looked forward to autumn, when the chestnuts were ripe and loved the excitement of picking the shiny brown nuggets!

As a parent, it concerns me that kids are losing wild places to play. Backyards are transforming into apartment blocks at a rapid rate. Playgrounds are often over-sanitised, homogenous spaces lacking the magic of wild places. For many kids, the 'worlds' of computer games and TV are more exciting than being outside. Also, as the green spaces transform into urban jungles, many parents are reticent to allow their kids to play outside due to the evident dangers of cars and strangers. However, new dangers are emerging. With obesity rates climbing in children and adults, comes the increased risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and dementia.

Of course some kids continue to explore their neighbourhoods; but as the natural spaces decline, the behaviour of kids changes. This phenomenon is similar to biology, where function follows structure. If kids are given a healthy environment and are supported by a healthy community, they thrive and contribute positively to the world. By contrast, when kids are shut out and told they're not welcome, they have no choice but to react accordingly. I experienced this as a child when our favourite place to play (a forest glade) was destroyed by a developer. Our response was that of anger, frustration, sadness and grief. And as a result, we climbed the fences and defied the signs to stay away. The change in the environment turned playful happy kids into defiant law-breakers. 

Many children and adults are concerned about inflated corporate power and the demise of our environment. Communities suffer too as parents work ever harder for less and less pay. So join me on my creative journey into storytelling, and together with the kids we can build the mindset needed for positive change. For we know that when kids read books for pleasure, they have increased empathy and greater creative and intellectual powers. Experiencing nature-related adventures in books stimulates parts of the brain that experience such things in real life. Therefore, through reading, kids can gain a heightened appreciation of nature, the Earth, adventure and community.

You may be wondering, what exactly am I creating? Well, it's a book series for kids aged 8 to 12. Inspired by fun and wacky true stories, the first novel provides a rich, humorous and dramatic portrayal of kids growing up in the Dandenong Ranges. By using third person present tense, the reader is placed in the centre of the action. By drawing upon my sound design experience, the story explores natural sounds and provides a terrific opportunity for parents to read aloud and bond with their kids. 

I'm in the polishing stages of book one. It's been a fun and challenging journey getting this far while also working full time, being 'Dad' and sleeping (sometimes). Indeed, I have written in the 'cracks of time', using every opportunity. With your support, I will have more time to dedicate to writing the book series and my healthy families, healthy planet blog. I will also use Patreon funds to independently publish my book.

I look forward to getting to know you more as part of my Patreon team. 

Feel free to check out my website if you want to find out more.
www.garethvanderhope.com

Thanks for your support :) 

Gareth.


Recent posts by Gareth Vanderhope

How it works

Get started in 2 minutes

Choose a membership
Sign up
Add a payment method
Get benefits