No matter what you may write; from comic strips to a dissertation, a lyrical poem to a detective novel, from an agony aunt column to a recipe blog, you got your start by reading. I think back to my childhood and am grateful for the memories of my mother reading stories that encouraged my wild imagination and creative nature. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit and probably my favourite of all, although much less known, The Bunch from Bananas by David Pownall were just a few of the books that drew me in and pushed me to think and dream in new ways. As a father, I have, in turn, shared my love of reading with my son. And while he is more likely to be seen with an ipad and skateboard in his hands these days, I know that he will take the memories of reading Horrid Henry and Roald Dahl stories with him as he finds his own path of creativity.
Reading promotes creativity of all kinds, which is why promoting literacy should be a priority for us all; those of us who produce it, as well as those of us who consume it. So, I suggest to you, that if you have any kind of appreciation for literature, music and the arts, you will want to promote literacy in some small way to ensure creativity continues to thrive in the next generation.
With this in mind, I’d like to share with you a local project that deserves a bit of attention. A guy named Jordan Myer Selig has written a children’s book called The Bristowl that promotes reading with a dark and humorous story that is also beautifully illustrated. His aim is to raise the funds needed to put at least one copy of this book in every single school in Bristol, and hopefully beyond. Take a moment to check out his Kickstarter campaign and pledge as little as £7 to secure your own copy of The Bristowl from its very first print run.
Read it for free to your child tonight by clicking the image below. Even a pledge as little as £1 as a thank you for making this children’s story available for free online would make all the difference to the future of this project.
Image credits: Ryan Gajda, illustrator of The Bristowl
UPDATE: Sadly, the first campaign for funding didn’t quite hit the target needed, however, the project will move forward. You can read more about this from the author here.
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