A team of children’s authors from Shropshire and beyond have come to the aid of a Shifnal school which lost hundreds of books during a flood.
Nine authors, all of which have published books through Team Author UK, have rallied together to provide a bundle of replacement books for children at St Andrew’s CE Primary School.
It follows an appeal in the Shropshire Star by headteacher Aileen MacMillan who called on the community to help replace the damaged books.
Shropshire author Lorna McCann, who also forms part of the marketing team at Team Author UK, said: “I was alerted to the book appeal by a friend of mine and as soon as I read what happened I knew there would be something we could do to help.
“I put a call out to all the other children’s authors involved with Team Author UK and within less than an hour several of them had come back to say they would be willing to donate copies of their latest published books.
“I think for us all, the idea of the children having no books to read was pretty heartbreaking. As children’s authors we obviously spend a lot of time writing books for children but many of us visit schools on a regular basis to share our passion for reading and writing so it was an appeal very close to our hearts.
“All the books donated by the Team Author UK authors are brand new and several are Amazon Bestsellers so we really hope the children and teachers enjoy reading them.”
Former primary school teacher turned author Sarah Griffiths, from Leegomery, has donated copies of her latest book ‘Douglas’s Trousers’ to the appeal. Emma Blantern, from Whitchurch, has donated copies of her newly published book ‘Teezel and the Christmas Witches’ and Mrs McCann, who is set to publish her second book later this year has donated copies of her first children’s book ‘Wendy and the Biscuit Tree’.
Authors from further afield who have contributed to the appeal include Amazon Bestseller Jude Lennon, from Merseyside. Miss Lennon, who has written 10 children’s books to date and hosts storytelling sessions at the annual Shropshire County Show, has donated copies of her latest books ‘Pirate Lamby’, ‘Floga with Flossie, ‘Astronaut Lamby’ as well as ‘The Dragon of Allerton Oak’. Next month Miss Lennon will be hosting a writing retreat in Whitchurch in conjunction with Team Author UK.
Fay Evans from Macclesfield had donated copies of her debut picture book ‘Fred the Fire Sneezing Dragon’. Debs Green-Jones from Wrexham has contributed copies of her children’s book ‘What a Week!’ and Lesley Rawlinson, from Merseyside, has donated copies of her book ‘Tales from the Woodpecker Tree’ which includes a number of short stories. Jo Howarth from Merseyside has contributed ‘Glad to be Dan’ – a mindfulness book for children and finally Claire Capper, from Northwich, has provided a copy of her picture book ‘Arnie the Armadillo’.