Children from Cornwall had the chance to see their artwork in print at the launch of a new book created by disaster relief charity, ShelterBox’s Young ShelterBox programme.
The Day the Sea Changed, which has been illustrated by primary school pupils and children’s author Michael Foreman, was officially unveiled at a special event in London on Thursday, November 8.
Seven pupils from King Charles School in Falmouth, Constantine Primary School and Mylor Bridge Community Primary School were amongst the winners who saw their work in print for the first time.
Constantine Primary School teacher, Jude Carroll, said: “It was a nice surprise for so many children to have their pictures chosen for the book. The pupils are aware of the work of ShelterBox as we’re so close to Helston, so they loved it when a volunteer from the charity came in to give a presentation.
“We entered the competition when it first launched last year and had several pupils featured in the book, but we’ve gone one better this time with five illustrations chosen.”
Working alongside The Reading Agency, an independent charity working to inspire more people to read more through its Chatterbox network, Helston-based ShelterBox launched the book to help children explore the difficult theme of disasters and understand their impact on families and communities like the Japanese tsunami.
Tim Bunting, ShelterBox UK’s general fundraising manager, said: “Over the last 12 years ShelterBox has responded to 200 disasters in 280 countries. The locations where it currently has teams include Cuba and Northern Iraq, where they are working with people displaced by fighting in Syria.
“We were delighted to receive entries from right across the UK, Ireland and the Falkland Islands. The standard of entries was very high, and the judges had an incredibly tough job choosing the winning illustrations and getting the book together.
“Our inspiration is that as many people as possible get to see The Day The Sea Changed, because the children’s winning illustrations bring the book to life; they tell a story of a community affected by a tsunami and really help us to all understand what it might be like to experience one.”
“ShelterBox is all about people helping other people, so I would like to thank all the children whose illustrations have been included in the book, on behalf of all the families we will be able to help, for all the time and effort that you have put in.”
Tricia Kings, Chatterbooks programme manager for The Reading Agency, said: “It’s been really good that we’ve been able to work with ShelterBox to develop this partnership.
“Both organisations want to inspire children’s reading and children’s exploration and understanding of the world.
“We have a vision of everyone’s lives being enriched by reading and through the Chatterbooks network of children’s reading groups, which includes children, young people and adults, we can do this.
Chatterbooks focuses on reading for pleasure to boost children’s reading attainment and confidence. It also builds adults’ confidence in inspiring children to enjoy reading.
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