I've had the first two lines of a children's book in my mind for a long time. During lockdown, the idea got bigger and the book got written.
I have worked with children and young people most of my life and have seen how important it is to to encourage imaginative play, as this allows them to see beyond what their reality is now and dream of adventures that could take them anywhere, where they are able to do anything.
I teach self esteem and confidence lessons to children and young people through my CIC; a big part of what I do is about kindness and acceptance, as I believe that, if we're kinder and more accepting of ourselves, we are kinder and more accepting of others. I am passionate about kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
There are only a very small percentage of books that represent a child with a disability; in the majority of those books, the book is about their disability. I wanted to create a story that was about a child with a visible difference but with no mention of her disability; I wanted the story to be about her, as a child, having fun, with no explanations or limitations put on her.
"Where are we going?" was born.
It's a story aimed at 3 to 7 year olds, though great for older readers to read to a younger child, and it's a story of an ordinary journey home; Emily (that's what I have called them but they aren't named in the book, as I wanted you to choose their name for your enjoyment) asks the question, "Where are we going?", as many children insistently do, and her mum creates magical adventures for them to go on, making an ordinary journey home an extraordinary one. The brilliant Donna, from Art & Murals by Donna McGhie, has created gorgeous illustrations that are a joy to see.
With my CIC, as a social enterprise, it's important that whatever I create benefits the community in some way; that's why I set up as a CIC. As part of this campaign, as well as being able to buy the book and other items for yourself, there is also the opportunity for you to buy a book to donate to a nursery, primary school, library, or group of your choice. As the rewards get bigger, there are two options, which could possibly be a great way for a business to give back to their community this quarter; one is that you could choose to donate a book to all of the libraries in your area, or, a larger option, to donate a book to all the primary schools or nurseries in your area. Each book would have a book plate in, saying who had donated the books. I have put the costs down for libraries and schools in Southampton, as that is where I live, but I can adapt the amount and the pricing to suit the area you live in; just contact me and I will work it out for you.
In the back of each book, there are activity questions; these would be great for an adult with a child to do at home, or for a class to do together; as the book is about imagination, the answers could be different every time.
The rewards available are only available for the Crowdfunder campaign. The book will be available from March 2021 to buy, as a softback, but the hardback book will only be available here. The other rewards are only available here too.
All books and rewards will be delivered early March 2021.
The money raised in this campaign will be to cover costs of publishing, the illustrator, production, printing and postage.
The money raised in this campaign, as well as covering the costs of the rewards, will also be used to help me continue my work in the community. This means that every £1 you give is doing something beneficial to the community.
If you have any questions, please do ask.
Thank you so much for supporting this campaign. You are brilliant!