Drawing is a powerful pathway to literacy and art has the capacity to open up books and reading to all children. We developed the “Make Your Own Book” model to help creative kids discover the joy of reading. These books have either illustrations and no story, for children to write their own books, or a story but no pictures, for children to illustrate their own book. By combining personalisation with the empowering experience of being part of the creative process as “illustrator” or “author”, children engage deeply and are inspired to learn and communicate.
We have run illustrator-led workshops in schools, kindergartens and local libraries in the UK, US and Germany; festivals including Southbank Imagine Festival and Islington Word Festival; museums and galleries including IMMA Dublin.