She’s walked runways all over the world and has been part of major international campaigns for Gucci, Armani and Chanel. She’s an actress, an artist and a mum. Now, Silvana Philippoussis can add ‘author’ to her long, long list of achievements. And we can thank her famous other half, tennis star Mark Philippoussis, for encouraging her down the publishing path.
‘I Am Me’ is a colourful board book written and illustrated by Silvana, that will engage and enthrall even the youngest of kids. The overriding message is a beautiful one, encouraging children to figure out who they are and what makes them unique. We love it even more because the proceeds go to The Lighthouse Foundation to help fight youth homelessness. (Did you know 44, 000 young people won’t have somewhere safe to sleep around Australia tonight? The Lighthouse Foundation helps move kids into loving homes, find jobs for teens and eventually break the cycle.)
Silvana originally produced the book for her own family. She began writing as a creative outlet during those early stages of first-time motherhood. “I wrote this for my then 2-year-old son, Nicholas,” she explains. “As an artist, I wanted to create something special for us to bond over for many years to come.” It wasn’t meant to be released to the masses, that is, until Mark read it.
“My husband actually encouraged me to have it published for all kids to enjoy once he saw the finished product,” Silvana explains with a smile. And lucky he did.
‘I Am Me’ may’ve been intended for their gorgeous son, but it’s an important book for every little one who’s trying to find their place in this giant world. “I wanted to write a book that made Nicholas ask questions about himself,” Silvana says, “what’s his eye colour, favourite food, sport…all of which helped him find a sense of self in this crazy ever-changing world around him.”
Like the rainbow handprint on the front cover, the entire book is a celebration of this idea that we are all unique. It’s bursting with positivity and eye-catching colours. Most importantly perhaps, ‘I Am Me’ introduces kids to the message every parent wants to share with their child – that you are perfect, just the way you are.