Deborah Kelly, inspired by her love for marine life and background in marine biology, wrote Little Horses to nurture environmental understanding and comfort young readers dealing with eco-anxiety.

Why do you write children's books? What do you love about them?

I love books because they are windows into other worlds. You can travel anywhere within the pages of a book and step into the shoes of others. Books promote understanding, learning and personal growth. They help children-and adults-cultivate empathy towards others.

I have loved writing stories and poems since I was little. I wrote my first ‘series’ of books when I was seven, which I still have. I often take them to schools when I visit, to inspire children to work hard and never give up on their dreams and to show them that the work they are doing now is an important part of their journey. I feel privileged to be able to speak to children all over the world through my stories. I write books to help children make sense of the world around them and to feel less alone.