Foster children let their imaginations run wild with launch of new story book
Following hot on the heels of the popularity of BBC Radio 2’s ‘500 Words’ story writing competition, and also World Book Day earlier this month, national fostering agency Fostering People has launched a book of short stories written by the foster children in their care.
‘The Little Book of Big Imaginations’ is the result of a story writing competition held last year to celebrate the achievements of children living with foster carers, showcase their writing talent and allow them the opportunity to express their thoughts and emotions.
The standard of stories submitted was so high that we created a book of the best stories, copies can also be downloaded.
The book features 14 stories from Fostering People’s carers’ own children as well as the children they look after. From superheroes and princesses to magical horses and talking cherries, ‘The Little Book of Big Imaginations’ is packed with creative talent, characters and of course imagination!
John Platt, operations director for Fostering People said: “Just like foster care, books can provide children with hope, comfort and understanding. To our foster children, stories can open the door to exciting new worlds, and can help them understand their past, come to terms with the present and build a brighter future. I’m immensely proud of all of the children who contributed to the book.”
Childrens author Leith Moghli, who wrote The Anagranimals and the Wishing Tree, helped to judge the stories that eventually featured in the book. He said: “It was a privilege to be asked to be involved with the development of this book. Children’s imaginations are full of hope and possibility and that’s something worth celebrating. Reading and writing can help to develop positive self-esteem and learn vital language skills that can last a lifetime – best of all its fun!”