Last year, 10 year-old Frasier Cox was announced as the winner of our Bedtime Story Competition 2017 for his moving tale There's A Boy Just Like Me, which tells the story of a hypothetical friendship between himself and a refugee boy.
Since winning the competition, we've been very busy preparing to bring Frasier's brilliant book into the world. Top illustrator Alison Brown put pencil to paper and turned Frasier's characters into wonderful illustrations and the team at Little Tiger worked their magic on creating the best book possible with Frasier's words!
And now, you can get your hands on your very own copy of There's a Boy Just Like Me.
Frasier found out he was our winner in October 2017 after wowing the judges with his entry. Our panel of judges included Claudia Winkleman and radio DJ and Radio Boy author Christian O'Connell, both of whom were very moved by Frasier's story. Head Judge Claudia said, "Frasier's story is incredibly touching and thought provoking. It's absolutely remarkable that a young boy has written such a thoughtful story". For winning the competition, Frasier's story was illustrated by top children's illustrator Alison Brown, professionally published by Little Tiger and is now sold exclusively by us at Book People.
We recently announced our charity partnership with Save the Children UK. With the aim of improving the lives of children around the world, including those forced to flee from their homes as refugees, Save the Children UK are the perfect partners for us to be raising money for with Frasier's book. At least 35% of the sale price of the book will be going to Save the Children UK.
There's A Boy Just Like Me was officially launched on Monday 18th June, the first day of Refugee Week. This meant Frasier and his mum had a busy day, with live TV and radio appearances in the morning and recording for more coverage that will be aired later in the week. His first appearance was on BBC Breakfast where he chatted to hosts Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt about why he wrote the story and what it was like seeing his work as a real picture book for the first time.
We're very proud of Frasier for his incredible writing, awareness of important issues and confidence in his press interviews. There's A Boy Just Like Me is on sale now so if you'd like to get yourself a copy, you can purchase one from our website and support Save the Children UK and a budding new author in Frasier.