Anne Pilmoor has written more than 10 books for children or children’s ministry. She recently retired after serving the church in the United Kingdom in various roles, including teacher, principal and departmental director, editor and author. She spoke about some of her recent books.
Can you tell us a bit about your professional background?
I am a trained teacher with more decades of experience than I’d like to admit! My specialties were in effective learning, school effectiveness and school improvement. I believe one of the best gifts we can give our children is to develop their competency in reading and to foster a love for books. The church pioneers understood the power of text and left us a wonderful legacy we must continue to use to reach adults and children today.
What made you start writing books for children?
Fifteen years ago, I took on the role of assistant editor at Stanborough Press, specifically to develop and source children’s products. My first books were simple board books for the very young. It is quite astonishing how the key elements of a Bible story with no more than three words on each page can begin a very young child’s love of reading God’s Word.
Tell us about some of your recent publications.
I spent many hours at my computer in 2020! I wrote 52 5-minute sermons from Nature for Kids, with a specific focus on spiritual illustrations from nature. It was fun to develop and I enjoyed sharing them with my granddaughter. For the older primary/lower secondary age range, God’s Champions covers 24 stories that are told from the perspective of the supporting characters in the Bible rather than the key characters. It is based on the theme of courage, which is so important for children to internalise. And there was The Cabbage Storm—a story about health for children.