We're thrilled to announce that we are working in partnership with Save the Children to launch There's a Boy Just Like Me, the winning story from last year's Bedtime Story Competition. The story was written by 10-year-old Frasier Cox from Brighton whose amazing story won him the grand prize of £250 worth of books for him and his school, as well as having his story published by Little Tiger and sold exclusively through us at Book People.
Frasier wrote his story as a poem which describes a hypothetical friendship between a boy from the UK and a refugee, imagining their similarities and the fun they would have together. The refugee crisis, which has dominated headlines, has made it into the hearts and minds of our children too. This emotive story shows that despite different lives, languages, and cultures we are all human. It reminds readers that in finding common ground we can hope to find friendship.
The book was selected from more than 1,300 entries into the nationwide competition which challenged young authors aged between 5 and 11 to create a book on the theme of friendship. As the overall winner of Book People's Bedtime Story Competition, Frasier has been working with publisher Little Tiger and top illustrator Alison Brown to turn his story into a picture book which will be available to buy from us in June 2018, with proceeds from the sale of each book helping to raise funds for Save the Children.
Head Judge, Claudia Winkelman said, "I was blown away by the standard of the stories and writing from all the entries into Book People's Bedtime Story Competition. Frasier's story is incredibly touching and thought provoking. It's absolutely remarkable that a young boy has written such a thoughtful story and I can't wait to see the final version with Alison Brown's brilliant illustrations when it's released in June."
Winning author, Frasier Cox said, "I've had a great time working with Little Tiger and Alison Brown's illustrations are amazing so I'm really looking forward to seeing my story when it's made into a real book, and, what's made it even better is that it will help to raise money for Save the Children. When we spoke about which charity we'd like to help, Save the Children were my number one choice, so I hope that lots of people buy my book to raise money for children across the world."
Helen D'Oyley, Partnerships and Philanthropy Director at Save the Children said, "We are delighted to be partnering with the Book People on the release of Frasier's fantastic book, which sensitively raises awareness for other children, the plight of refugee children around the world. All the money raised from the sale of the book will be used to help the most vulnerable children in the greatest need. Save the Children fights for children every single day, so they can realise their potential and make their mark on the world, just like Frasier has done with his remarkable story."
Sarah Walden, our Group Buying and Merchandising Director and competition judge, said, "As soon as we read Frasier's story, we knew it was very special and once Frasier was selected as the winner of the Bedtime Story Competition, Save the Children were the ideal charity partner considering the theme of the book. The work they do to help children is absolutely invaluable and we're excited to work with them to launch Frasier's book and help raise much needed funds."
We can't wait until Frasier's book is available to purchase so you can all have a read of this moving story for yourselves. The partnership with Save the Children will allow Frasier's story to have a lasting impact on the lives of children struggling around the world and we're excited to have the opportunity to work with them on this fantastic new publication.