Praise for this book
Sir Ashley Bloomfield ~ “The evidence is clear that physical activity and being in the outdoors improves health, including mental health. Likewise, overuse of digital technology can harm children’s mental health and wellbeing. Daisy McCray addresses the need for children young and old to keep a healthy balance – otherwise, we might just miss the ‘wave of the day’!”
More about the book
We use digital media every day, from texting, mapping and streaming TV shows to uploading photos and ordering food online. The tamariki of today are being modelled a lot more than just “screen time”, they are exposed to adult role models who are ever-connected. But the benefits of this direction that technology is taking comes with the risk of missing out on real life experiences, lacking balance and affecting the mental health of our youth.
Nicole Miller’s second book Daisy McCray and the Wave of the Day focuses on the exciting adventure of Daisy McCray’s surfboard as it is swept away from the distracted owner. Much like her first children’s picture book, Celia Seagull and the Plastic Sea, Nicole’s latest story is another cleverly written tale with a timely message. The story encourages readers to keep their heads up in the real world so as not to miss out on experiencing real life passions that bring joy their everyday. Nicole’s personal voice sings through clearly and she has developed a recognisable style in rhyming verse as well as the special ability to take serious topics and address them lightly.
Complimented by Wellingtonian Lily Uivel’s captivating illustrations and designed by Little Love Publishing, Daisy McCray and the Wave of the Day will provoke thought and inspire children to be present in their daily adventures.
Meet the Kiwi author
Nicole Miller was ‘born and bred’ in the sunny Bay of Plenty where she grew up eating avocados on the family orchard and enjoying regular camping excursions with her Mum, Dad and three older brothers. After receiving a Bachelor of Teaching at Waikato University, Nicole spent 5 years travelling and teaching abroad.
Now living back in Tauranga with her two young children, she enjoys writing educational songs for the students that she teaches, and in 2018, she released a children’s song, Zero Plastic Christmas as a resource for schools. In 2019, she was a finalist for the Joy Cowley award for her manuscript, Celia Seagull and the Plastic Sea. Nicole now enjoys balancing part time teaching at Brookfield Primary School with family time and her musical interests. On the weekends she loves to spend time in the waves, the snow or singing on the stage.