Today we get to meet Tim Johnson, author of the duel language book Bosley Goes to the Beach. Let’s meet Tim:

When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I discovered how important language learning is in the early years of childhood and decided that I could help encourage my own children and thousands of other children to learn new words and phrases in foreign languages. Simply adding a few words to your child’s vocabulary can intrigue them to want to learn more and expand their horizons over the years of their childhood. By writing dual-language children’s books I can help to introduce children to language and inspire them to be curious and inquisitive about everything around them.

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
Bosley Goes to the Beach is the second book in the “Adventures of Bosley Bear” series. In this book, Bosley Bear gathers his toys and goes to the beach to make new friends and learn new words. Discovering that other animals at the beach have interesting capabilities like flying or swimming, Bosley realizes that he has something that makes him special in his own way.
In this book, I included full two-page spreads with labelled illustrations to allow children and parents to point to pictures and learn the corresponding vocabulary words.

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I hope to continue publishing dual-language books in the Bosley series. “Bosley Sees the World” and “Bosley Goes to the Beach” have been well received and reviewed by people from all around the world and in all of the languages that they are published in, including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Japanese and Arabic.

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
My twin boys inspire me to continue writing and teaching them as well as helping to teach as many other children and families interested in broadening their horizons.

What do you do to improve yourself and a writer?
With every book I publish I try to come up with new ways of teaching children language without them realizing they are being taught. I want children to be inspired to learn by looking at the illustrations and hearing the strange and interesting new words. There are so many things that can be learned from reading a book that there is no need to make them instructional books. But that leaves the opportunity to create self-directed learning methods so that children get the most benefit from the book.

Thanks Tim, great to meet you and learn about your writing. Kids love learning new languages and I’m sure the Bosley series will be a lot of fun. Stitch Says has read Bosley goes to the beach and will post a review soon. Watch this space. Until then keep reading, keep writing!