A Katherine author's book has been given the royal treatment, being handpicked by the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson to read on her YouTube channel.
Mandy Tootell's first children's book Yellow Truck Road Train, published by Allen & Unwin last year, was chosen by the Duchess to read on her YouTube Program 'Story Time with Fergie and Friends.'
The video, which was published on October 9, has over 90,000 views.
The book is about a truck-driving, cattle-farming family navigating the roads and changing seasons of the Top End.
Ms Tootell said it was very exciting to see the story about living in rural and remote parts of Australia reach such a wide, international audience.
"I'm very excited by children's literacy, and it's even bet if it promotes Australia and regional and remote Australia," she said.
"It feels like a big accomplishment that it's been recognised in that way."
She said it was interesting to see terms that are specific to this world being read to a mostly UK audience.
"In my book I have a glossary, so whether you're from Sydney or London you understand the word," Ms Tootell said.
"There are some words we use in the NT or the cattle industry that are unfamiliar to most."
The book has been a tremendous success closer to home too.
"The other big indicator of success is seeing kids dress up on book week," Ms Tootell said.
"People have sent me photos of their kids dressed as the driver or the yellow truck.
"I just think it's really good to promote literacy to children but especially regional and remote children using concepts they relate to."
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