North Lincolnshire Council has supported local children’s writer Addy Farmer to share more than 400 free copies of her book ‘A Place Called Home’ to entertain families during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Addy, who is based in Crowle, was inspired by the community spirit across North Lincolnshire and decided to contribute her own act of kindness.
After recording a video of herself reading the adventure story, she asked if any families in Crowle would enjoy a free copy of the book, via a local Facebook page. The response was overwhelming, and soon, other local businesses, including Acorns Child Minding, offered their help to deliver copies.
Addy, who is also chair of the North Lincolnshire Children’s Literacy Trust, explained: “Being a children’s writer is not just about the writing; it’s also about the readers. Part of my work is about being with and inspiring children to enjoy reading. I love visiting schools and working with families to encourage creativity and imagination; it’s about being with people.
“As we follow the government guidance to stay at home, I had to adjust and think how I could help in different ways. For all of us and especially for children, reading and stories can be an incredible comfort and source of creativity.
“I’ve felt inspired and encouraged by the wonderful sense of community here in Crowle.”
The council has supported the effort by creating activity packs to accompany the story which children’s centres have delivered to families. Other copies of the books have been also gifted to schools to create their own home learning packs using the activity resources provided.