It began when Joe Lampe was on the lookout for a particular sort of ebook to learn to his younger son, Chase.
“Anybody who is aware of the Lampe household is aware of we’re a bunch of athletes,” mentioned Lampe, who had no bother discovering books about vehicles, animals, letters and emotions, however hardly any that targeted on sports activities.
Lampe determined to unravel his dilemma, and sat down to write down and illustrate his personal sports-centric kids’s ebook, which developed into many books.
“I by no means thought [writing] was one thing that I might do, till I had a particular want,” mentioned Lampe, who created the collection ‘Sports activities for Littles.’
The primary quantity of ‘Sports activities for Littles’ printed on Oct. 22 has eight books that every deal with a special main sport – soccer, basketball, baseball/softball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, golf and hockey.
In an outline concerning the collection on Amazon:
” ‘Sports activities for Littles’ is a collection that promotes a wholesome, energetic life-style for younger children by means of simplified sports activities. This collection was written for youths of ages 2-6 – whether or not they’re studying to play sports activities, studying to learn, or similar to taking a look at colourful footage!
All books within the ‘Sports activities for Littles’ collection have been developed in session with a childhood literacy advisor, an early childhood studying specialist, a pediatrician, and a pediatric occupational therapist.”
Lampe is engaged on illustrating a second quantity of ‘Sports activities for Littles,’ which can cowl monitor and discipline, cross nation, swimming, snowboarding, gymnastics, and wrestling; one ebook about lacrosse printed on Nov. 28.
Writing course of and message
With a full-time job and busy life, Lampe suits in writing the place he can. He estimates it takes a day or two to truly write the fabric, which encompasses a rhyming scheme involving sports activities phrases.
His first ebook about baseball/softball, took him the longest for instance, as a result of he was beginning with a clean slate.
“As soon as I’ve characters and a shade palette…I can transfer our bodies in several positions…and the subsequent one goes quicker,” mentioned Lampe.
Now, it takes about three or 4 days for instance a ebook. For the illustration, Lampe said that he’s “no artist,” however is superb at studying various kinds of software program and making an image in his head translate onto a web page.
Whereas every ebook covers a special sport, Lampe mentioned that general, the objective is to introduce the fundamentals of the sports activities to younger children, together with the shapes and colours of the ball or tools, the item of the sport, what they’re speculated to do, and what to anticipate when if they begin that sport.
“In hockey, you’re going to fall down. It’s a really actual half that little children are going to expertise after they begin taking part in hockey,” mentioned Lampe for example.
In the case of writing extra sooner or later, Lampe is wanting into topic issues different than simply sports activities.
“Sports activities can take me a extremely good distance, however I’ve different aspirations, wish to write about totally different topics…I’m beginning smaller; if it takes me someplace else, nice,” mentioned Lampe, who wish to write such books as ‘Music for Littles,’ ‘Science for Littles,’ and ‘Math for Littles.’
The place to purchase
Self-publishing, Lampe’s books can be found on Amazon, in both paperback kind or for Kindle, and may be discovered by typing ‘Joe Lampe’ within the search bar. He will also be discovered on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube below Blue Wagon Books.
Lampe mentioned he selected to go the self-publishing route in order to not be caught doing a specific type of writing, permitting him to department out ought to he wish to.
Thus far, Lampe mentioned the response to his books has been very supportive and inspiring. He initially began sharing the books and concepts with family and friends earlier than branching out to social media.
“Everybody cherished the thought, cherished the tales, the images, they usually need extra,” mentioned Lampe.
In regards to the writer
Lampe, son of Brad and Amy Lampe of Osceola, graduated from Clarke Group Colleges in 2010. He attended St. John’s College in Minneapolis the place he majored in math. He then went to the College of Minnesota for mechanical engineering, and is at present in class on the College of St. Thomas engaged on his MBA. He works as a manufacturing supervisor at a small optical manufacturing firm within the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) space.
Lampe and spouse Kayla are dad and mom to 2.5 yr outdated Chase, and are at present anticipating their second youngster, due in spring 2023.