UPDATE: Only 2 days to go...
Only £10 will get this book into one more school. Please click on that all-important DONATE button and let's see if we can get this wonderful book into as many Norfolk schools as possible.
"Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first almost no-one noticed ... acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker, fern, heather, kingfisher, otter, raven, willow, wren - all of them gone!"
The Lost Words is a wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated book that stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke.
Inspired by Jane Beaton’s wonderful Crowdfunder to get a copy of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris into every Primary school in Scotland, I'd like to see a similar thing happen for every Infant, Primary and Junior school in Norfolk. The county of Norfolk is largely rural, and yet children are becoming more and more removed from the natural world. The Book Hive, Norwich and Patrick Barkham, natural history writer and journalist, have already supplied the book to 20 schools in Norwich.
The publishers, Hamish Hamilton, have offered me a 40% bulk-purchase discount on the retail price of £20, so I can buy at £12 per book. There are around 280 Infant, Primary and Junior schools in Norfolk, hence the fundraising target of £3,360.
Along with the book, the schools will also receive “An Explorers Guide to The Lost Words” - a fantastic accompanying resource to help teachers use the book in their classrooms.
With Crowdfunder 'all-or-nothing', I have to achieve the target or the project will not be funded, and all money collected will be returned to the donors. But if more than the target is reached, I'll be able to look at providing the book to home-educators, of which Norfolk has many. Yippee!
Similar projects have happened all around the country, and it would be fantastic to see this wonderful book in all our schools.
Thanks for your support,