Last year he debuted his first children’s book titled “Jonah Giraffe has a Too-Long Tail,” and his second book, “Owl Learns to Fly,” was published last month. The books, illustrated by Sean Kelley, both feature animals who learn important morals.
“These are parable stories … life lessons that I try to teach through the books,” Bergman said.
The message of his newest book is about being resilient, self-reliant and persistent through life’s challenges, he said. The theme of his first book is figuring out one’s gifts in life. The proceeds from “Owl Learns to Fly” will go to the National Audubon Society.
He chose to give to that organization because he said he has always believed in appreciating the lives of animals — even down to insects — and leaving behind a healthy Earth. The author will be getting a great deal of experience in nature as he prepares to embark on a trip this week to bike 1,500 miles through Canada with a friend. Anticipating logging in about 100 miles a day, he described the trip as similar to the Tour de France except only with two bikers and shortened to 15 days.
Bergman will continue with his writing once he returns home. He already has his third book written out and has plans for more. Though he has gone the route of self-publishing, he hopes to eventually reach the attention of a major traditional publisher.
“My goal is to have three [books] accomplished and then to approach one of the big children’s book publishers out there,” he said. Though he does not receive monetary profit from the books, Bergman said he just enjoys the experience of creating tales for children.
“I get a lot of nice feedback from parents,” he said.
Some of his patients’ parents have told him the giraffe book is one of their child’s favorites and that it has been requested many a night for their bedtime story.
Bergman’s books can be purchased at The Pediatric Place at 9570 Nesbit Ferry Road, Suite 201, in Alpharetta.