‘We had to pick an environmental topic and National Tree Day was near so I thought it would make a good project,’ she said. ‘I think I got the top mark in the class.’
Stefanie took all the photographs for the book at sites in Willetton and around Perth.
‘I had some kids modelling in the book and then a few parents asked if they could buy a copy,’ she said. ‘Then it took off through word of mouth.’
The Year 12 student created the book More Trees Please because she wanted children to appreciate and care for the environment. ‘The book is meant to show very early readers the value of trees, such as shade and shelter for animals to play in their natural environment.’
Stefanie said she had sold over 50 books and was published through the Environmental Printing Company.
‘The book was made using recycled paper and vegetable-based inks,’ Stefanie said.
She said the Men of the Trees organisation and the Nursery and Garden Industry WA supported her in getting the book out to the public.
Stefanie says she has not decided what she will do when she finishes school this year and is unsure she will make more children’s books.
‘I love photography and want to continue with it, but I have no idea what I want to do after school.’