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a new children’s book for island babies

written by Chrissann Nickel  |  Illustrated by William Stelzer

When your first encounters with the world are on a tropical island, your babyhood is, by nature, quite extraordinary – from the sights, to the flavors, to the people. This playful children’s book was written both to celebrate those unique aspects and as a keepsake for all of the babies who were fortunate to call a rock home at some point in their lives.

May these words and illustrations help you and your baby carry your rock life memories from the early days with you, wherever life takes you in the future.

Watercolor Illustrations

Rhyming Text

Fun cultural
snapshots of island life

Available for purchase online:

And in stores at select island shops:

Yacht Harbor, Virgin Gorda
Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda
Scrub Island Resort

North Sound, Virgin Gorda

Mongoose Junction, St. John

Cane Garden Bay, Tortola

Christiansted, St. Croix

Coral Bay, St. John

Rincon, Puerto Rico

Chrissann Nickel

Chrissann is the Creator and Editor in Chief of the humorous island life website, Women Who Live on Rocks. Passionate about all things rock-related, she was inspired to write this book in an effort to capture the extraordinary experiences of children privileged to grow up on tropical islands. She currently lives on Virgin Gorda in the BVI.

William Stelzer

Bill is a photographer and graphic designer who is always looking for interesting new ways to express his creativity. Illustrating this book was a fun opportunity for him to share the beauty of his island home through a new lens – the magical perspective of children. He currently lives on St. John in the USVI.