History of the Book

It was at a dinner party in early 2014, that I heard about two separate cases in my immediate community, where young children in primary school had been sexually abused by children their own age. I was horrified to hear that in both cases, the parents had been supervising their children at the time!!

It made me realise, that no matter how diligent you are as a parent, the reality is that we need to empower our children to protect themselves. We need to teach them, educate them and develop the skills they need, in order to keep themselves safe. Yet how do we do this, in a way that is gentle and dignified? How do we engage them in such a conversation? How do we talk to them about such confronting subjects, whilst maintaining their innocence?

It was these questions, that prompted me to produce Only For Me. A book which will instantly engage your children through its beautiful illustrations and clever use of rhyme, whilst gently introducing critical information that they need to know, in order to protect themselves.

Written with advice from expert professionals, it is the most comprehensive book ever written on the subject - covering subjects never before included like the inappropriate use of technology by predators and what happens after they tell someone they can trust. Click on the here for a full list of topics covered.

About the Author

Michelle Derrig, Author

Michelle is a stay at home Mother to four beautiful children, ranging from 18 months to 10 years old. She has a background in administration and marketing, however she has spent the last ten years raising her children and volunteering for various community focused roles, particularly in her local church. In her very limited spare time she loves to write, paint and play touch football. Only For Me is her first picture book.

About the Illustrator

Nicole Mackenzie

Nicole is an extremely talented Artist. She is currently working for SLR Productions as a designer, working on animated shows such as Guess How Much I love You and Captain Flynn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. Previously she spent 12 years working for Walt Disney Television Animation. She has worked with paint, mixed media and digital media, in graphic design, illustration, animation and costuming with theatrical productions and Madame Tussauds Sydney. She lives with her Husband, 3 children and cat.

Other Contributers

The Author would sincerely like to thank the team at Act For Kids and
Dr Patricia Weerakoon for their professional advice and input regarding the content of Only For Me. Their feedback and expert recommendations have helped create the most comprehensive picture book available to help empower and protect your children against sexual assault.