I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first story at the age of eight, but upon being asked to read it to the class… I couldn’t read it, because I couldn’t read, due to dyslexia.
So, since then, I’ve been struggling and learning. And this is what I’ve learnt – books for children are often ableist… They exclude children with learning disabilities because of the font or colour of the text, making children with learning disabilities (like my younger self) unable to read it.
And that’s why I decided to re-write and produce my first story and publish it.
The book was a long project, it started in January and we’re not quite finished. But, it’s getting there. I wrote, designed, and painted the book while Philip Bodiam illustrated it.
I did a few tests with a group of people with learning disabilities to see which fonts and colours worked best for them. And overall, we had a good response.
So, the book is going to be released with the Henny Penny font! It’s a bit quirky and wonky, but that’s the point – it’s a font that 9 out of 10 people in our study group could read – which is a massive bonus.
The book is going to be released on Monday 12th March 2018, and we’re so excited!
Here’s the cover:
The book is about a Polar Bear called Oslo, befriending a Seal, and how plastic can harm sea animals. All books are printed on demand to help the environment. And 50% of the profits (my shares in the book) will be going to the Marine Conservation Society, who are trying to make using plastic bags and straws a thing of the past to save our oceans and ourselves.
You’ll be able to order your copy of Oslo the Polar Bear from Lulu.com from March 12th! So, get ready, Oslo’s coming.