The tiny house movement, a social movement that advocates for living simply in small homes of 399 square feet or less, had been steadily growing for years, and one of my besties, B.A. Norrgard has actively made that lifestyle her reality for the past six years.
Long story, short–B.A. went to school together and lost touch with each other over the years. About 5 years ago I found out that she had ditched her 9-5 traditional job to pursue a career in helping others downsize, do more with less, and love the tiny house lifestyle. Fascinated, I reconnected with her and ultimately ended up doing several magazine articles on her new career and life change.
A few summers later, she and husband John packed up their tiny house (named Sisu) and made the cross-country journey from Dallas, TX back to Minnesota for the summer. During one of our lunch chats, B.A. was filling me in on her projects and how she was helping others with the purging/downsizing project.
Being a huge fan of her lifestyle and all of the Tiny House TV shows, I pondered out loud about how the process of “going tiny” probably looks waayyyyy different like through the eyes of a child and how scary that could actually be. That ponder led to an in-depth discussion and the idea for an innovative children’s book was born.
Fast forward a year and our book will soon see the light-of-day thanks to publisher Audrey Press!
- But before I give you all the scoop on Sissy Goes Tiny, I want to share this awesome Tiny House Fun Facts that B.A. pulled together for adults and kids who want to learn more about living tiny and Doing More with Less.
10 Fun Facts for kids about Tiny Houses
**Houses MOVE! You can take them with you to all parts of the country to go exploring. You could wake up by the ocean, or in the forest, or in the mountains or the desert!
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One More Thing…
Looking for a beautiful and unconventional diverse picture book for kids? Check out the upcoming, Sissy Goes Tiny!
In Sissy Goes Tiny, eight-year-old Sissy and her parents make the bold choice to downsize their life and embark on a journey of living tiny and doing more with less. At first, Sissy struggles to get used to the idea of living in a tiny house on wheels and traveling around the U.S, but as she and her mommy and daddy learn about downsizing, repurposing, and how “stuff is just stuff,” she soon understands that a life of “living tiny” will be filled with the big adventures and learning.
“I believe that Sissy Goes Tiny is going to open so many minds for people! A tiny house is absolutely not for everyone, but we all like to dream and step into the shoes of another lifestyle in our minds. Learning about this lifestyle I think will help people be more supportive of people who do choose to live unconventionally. Sissy and her family are a great example of that.” Co-author, B.A. Norrgard
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