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Could you write a new children’s book every day for a year? This author can.

One man's inspired quest to write a children's book for his daughter – and the world – every day.

Cielo is Matt Zurbo's project to write a new children's book every day
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Ray Bradbury once advised writers to craft one short story each week. “It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row,” he said.

Tasmanian man Matt Zurbo is taking Bradbury’s challenge to new heights: He’s writing a children’s book every single day. 

While holding down a day job at an oyster farm.

And being a first-time parent to a 22-month-old daughter.

Zurbo named the challenge Cielo after his aforementioned daughter.

“As an ode to my daughter, I am writing 365 children’s books in 365 days, giving each one art direction, and putting them on the internet for free,” Zurbo explains on his website.

Currently, he’s at Day 331 of his 365-day goal. He encourages parents, teachers, and readers to illustrate the stories he writes.


“The more kids love stories and love books, the better the world will be for my daughter,” Zurbo told The New York Times. “Imagination trumps violence and ignorance, and always will.” 

Zurbo is the author of published children’s books as well as four novels. You can read the stories from his project at his website,