Inspired by child and parent responses to a questionnaire, Faber Children’s will be publishing a groundbreaking new picture book to help build children’s confidence.
Directly linked to three core areas in the Early Years Foundation Stage goals, I Like Bees encourages readers to voice their likes and dislikes, recognising all thoughts and feelings are valid. (The book also opens a gateway to discussing potentially painful subjects). Illustrated by dazzling debut talent Fiona Lumbers, the text covers everything from being tickled to spitting llamas! Half of all royalties will go to the NSPCC to help prevent abuse.
Leah Thaxton, Publisher, acquired world rights from Jodie Hodges at United Agents and said: ‘I am immensely proud to publish such a funny and potentially powerful picture book in partnership with the NSPCC.’
Claire Hoyle NSPCC Head of Partnerships said: ‘I Like Bees is an important book as it encourages children to voice their likes and dislikes in a fun and informative way. The message from I Like Bees compliments much of the work we do at the NSPCC, especially our PANTS campaign which teaches children that their body belongs to them and that they should tell an adult if they are upset or worried about anything. We also really appreciate the generosity of the Faber and Faber team in donating the money raised from sales of the book which will be used to safeguard more childhoods across the UK.’
From left to right: Charlotte Robertson (Sales and Marketing Director), Stephen Page (CEO), and Donna Payne (Creative Director) at Faber and Faber
The book is being released on 6 July 2017.