We've Launched: "All Too Much for Oliver" at the AFCC

Barbara and I have been very busy at the Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) for the last three days. We learned, we mingled, we laughed, and we launched!

All Too Much for Oliver was officially released at the end of November last year. Publication was followed by announcements on social media, my blog, and email. Even though it was very special, it was quiet. There were no people there with us to celebrate the big moment. After two years of hard work, I guess we were kind of hoping for some sort of "real" celebration, with hugs and kisses and flowers.

Leila Boukarim and Barbara Moxham launching All Too Much for Oliver - My Quiet Adventures, Picture Books for the Highly Sensitive Child

Photo Credits: Emma Nicholson

Well, I'm thrilled to say we got our chance yesterday. Our book was accepted a few months ago by the AFCC for a book launch, which was wonderful news! Barbara and have been so excited since we got the news that we'd finally be able to "tell" our story rather than write it.

Barbara Moxham, the artist behind the illustrations in All Too Much for Oliver - My Quiet Adventures, Picture Books for the Highly Sensitive Child

Barbara and Oliver

Our audience was made up of dear friends, family, and wonderful new faces, young and old. Everyone listened quietly as we talked about what it's like to be highly sensitive and how to recognize it in your child. We went through our book and told our story, as everyone gave us warm, reassuring smiles.

All Too Much for Oliver at the AFCC - My Quiet Adventures, Picture Books for the Highly Sensitive Child

Can you sport Oliver at the conference book shop (Closetful of Books)?

Words can't express how wonderful an experience yesterday was. I was reminded of just how passionate Barbara and I are about what we do and our mission. All Too Much for Oliver may not stand out with bright color or exciting adventure, but it does stand out with a meaningful message and important purpose, and we couldn't be more proud we managed to bring this story to life.

Leila Boukarim and Barbara Moxham and her illustrations at the AFCC Gallery - My Quiet Adventures, Picture Books for the Highly Sensitive Child

Barbara's art hanging in the AFCC gallery

All in all, the last three days have been surreal. Barbara's illustrations were chosen to be showcased at the illustrators gallery, our book was launched and celebrated, we spent some quality time with our SCBWI family, and we got the chance to rub shoulders with and listen to the likes of Sarah Odedina (the editor who oversaw the publication of the Harry Potter series), Cynthia Leitich Smith, Calef Brown,, Leonard Marcus and other wonderfully talented and experienced players in the children's book industry.

My son and Oliver at the AFCC - My Quiet Adventures, Picture Books for the Highly Sensitive Child

My son and Oliver, holding hands

Best thing is, we got the flowers we wanted in the end, and from our biggest little fans.

Our biggest fans giving us flowers at the AFCC launch - My Quiet Adventures, Picture Books for the Highly Sensitive Child

Our little boys.

Leila Boukarim and Barbara Moxham, creators of All Too Much for Oliver - My Quiet Adventures, Picture Books for the Highly Sensitive Child

And that;s a wrap, folks!

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