Gap in market inspires kids' e-book series

EDUCATING children is far from his full-time day job, but Michael Bernacki is helping develop the minds of children all over the world with his new e-books.

Architect by day and author- illustrator by night, the Launceston-born 33-year-old has developed the world's largest children's book series.

Little Stanley is made up of 200 picture books that explain everything from family life, to colours, to stranger danger and countries.

The e-books are available to download on Amazon and iTunes, with 50 per cent of sales going to children's charities that include Heart Kids, SIDS, Camp Quality and Make a Wish.

Bernacki, now of the Gold Coast, said the other 50 per cent was mainly used for marketing.

He said the books were a labour of love that started three years ago when many of his friends would complain there was a lack of educational books for children.

"I've always liked to draw and design as an architect and always liked to cartoon and scribble," the former St Patrick's College student said.

"I started writing a couple of books and illustrating a couple and then one thing led to another."

Bernacki would spend his mornings and nights writing and illustrating at his Mermaid Beach home, between going to work as an architect at DBI Designs - where he has designed resorts including The Wave in Broad Beach, Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi and Soul in Surfers Paradise.

Bernacki also had to test his books at child care centres on the Gold Coast before they were released in 51 countries eight months ago.

Bernacki has a Facebook page and Twitter dedicated to the books called Little Stanley the Series.

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