Loving nature is really important to her and Hazel Nutt hopes to make sure that lots of other kids get nutty about nature as well.
BBB: You are the youngest author I have ever interviewed. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
HN: Hi, my name is Hazel Nutt and I am a two year old toddler who is nutty about the outdoors and nature, especially squirrels. I like to chat to squirrels and they tell me their secrets.
What the squirrels don't know is that with my parents' help, I have created 3 picture books exposing their best kept secrets! I am both the author and the narrator of these books. I hope that my enthusiasm and love of nature is catching, and that I can encourage other young children to get nutty about nature as well.
I also like to blog about my observations on life so far and teach other toddlers how to train their parents. My parents are willing and sometimes unwittingly my guinea pigs!
Other than that I'm a normal toddler, throwing terrible two's tantrums, trying and succeeding in wreaking havoc wherever I go.
HN: I have written (well inspired and my parents have written in my name) the What Squirrels Do Trilogy of Picture Books:
· What Squirrels Do When You're Not Looking (Book 1)
· What Squirrels Do: The Squirrel Olympics (Book 2)
· What Squirrels Do: Just For Fun (Book 3)
And also available on Kindle are Groovy Owls and Awesome Owls, which essentially are the same book except with different illustrations. Groovy Owls has bright colorful cartoon owls and Awesome Owls has oil paintings created from real photos of owls.
BBB: What made you decide to write about squirrels?
HN: Squirrels are the first wild animals that I really took notice of. Whilst being pushed in my buggy, I'd look up into the trees and see these little fuzzy balls of fur jumping from tree to tree, with cheeky little faces, I just had to know what they were up to. My parents were looking ahead of them and missed all of the antics I saw (what I now know are called) squirrels get up to! That was the initial acorn that these picture books came from.
BBB: What do you like to do when you're not writing stories?
HN: Well whatever I do, I'm always inspiring Mom and Dad with different stories and books they could create about me! I'm a busy toddler who loves running around, screaming, emptying cupboards, feeding the ducks, and going for walks. But, best of all I like getting into situations where my Mom and Dad's hearts are in their mouth, as I practice stunts like head over heels, climbing up the back of the bed, or bouncing to close to the edge!
BBB: Do you have a favorite story?
HN: Yes, I like A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton, because its two main characters are an owl and a squirrel. I like the story, because it is about finding Mommy and I love Mommy being mentioned in books, because it gives me the opportunity to point at my mommy and give her a hug or a kiss.
HN: At the moment, I am turning my hand to painting pictures. In some of these pictures my parents can see different animals and mythical creatures. My Mom hopes to write short poems and stories to accompany these pictures, so we can have a real Mom and daughter picture book, where we have both done equal amounts of work!
There are also more What Squirrels Do books in the pipeline, some are already half written and illustrated, but it might be slow progress as I will have a little sister very soon and she might take up some of my writing and inspiration time!
More About Hazel Nutt's Books
In Hazel Nutt's début trilogy of fun rhyming picture books, children are emerged into the imaginative secret life of squirrels.
The books: What Squirrels Do When You Are Not Looking; What Squirrels Do: The Squirrel Olympics; and What Squirrels Do: Just For Fun are full of beautiful illustrations and ideas that could just be true. Who really knows what squirrels get up to while people are looking the other way?
Ideal for an adult and child to read together the What Squirrels Do series combines imaginative and funny rhyme with delightful illustrations. The books inspire little imaginations and instill the seeds of a lifelong love for reading and nature.
Hazel Nutt's book are available on Amazon.com.
(Click on the titles below to be redirected to Amazon.com)
What Squirrels Do When You Are Not Looking
What Squirrels Do: The Squirrel Olympics
What Squirrels Do: Just for Fun