It seems that The Littlest Knight is not my very first 32-page illustrated children's book. At the bottom of my nightstand drawer, I've been holding onto a book that I made in 1980. I was either in grade 4 or 5 at Barrhaven Public School. We wrote haiku poems in French, illustrated each haiku and then bound our books in a cardboard cover with fabric on top for a nice look. I remember using an iron to somehow adhere the book pages to the cover, and we actually hand stitched the binding with the help of our teacher.
Here is one of the 2-page spreads from that book:
I think I still draw almost exactly as I did when I was 11 years old.
I know I have another book of illustrated sentences from grade one somewhere, but I'll have to dig that up for another blog post.