Friday, 9 November 2018

Plum Artists Get Involved in National Doodle Day for Epilepsy Action!

A number of our Plum Pudding illustrators took part in the National Doodle Day auction this year, an event organised by the charity Epilepsy Action.

Epilepsy Action is a charity that helps to support the estimated 600,000 people living with epilepsy in the UK- offering advice, support, and helping to design world class epilepsy health services, as well as supporting huge programmes and raising public awareness and education about epilepsy.

 This year the auction raised over £12,000 for the charity. According to Epilepsy Action, ‘last year more than 2 million people came to us for help and support of some kind or another’,
and that the money raised ‘will make a real difference to hundreds if not thousands of people’. The funds raised by the National Doodle Day auction could cover the cost of over 720 telephone calls to Epilepsy Action’s special helpline service and pay for the follow up support they provide for all callers. It could also be used to recruit and train 22 volunteers to deliver awareness sessions at a school, workplace, or care home.

Many congratulations to Epilepsy Action for such a successful auction and a huge well done to all the artists and celebrities who took part, including our wonderfully talented Plums! You can find out more information about the Doodle Day event and the work Epilepsy Action do here: 

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Amazon USA's Best Books of the Month: Editors' Picks for November

Many congratulations to two of our Plums, Katy Halford and Jonny Lambert, whose books have been selected as Amazon USA’s Best Books of the Month for November! Both published by DK Publishing, Katy’s Around the World in 80 Ways: The Fabulous Inventions that Get Us From Here to There has been selected for the Children’s Non-Fiction category, and Jonny Lambert’s Animal 123 has been selected for the Baby- Age 2 category.

Katy’s Around the World in 80 Ways: The Fabulous Inventions that get us From Here to There explores 80 different ways in which you can travel the world, from yachts to jetpacks to camels! It looks at the methods of travel used from past to present, with beautiful illustrations and interesting facts on every page.

Jonny’s book Animal 123 is a lift-the-flap board book that teaches children to count from one to ten. Each page is illustrated with beautiful animals that match the number the reader is counting to, and the lift-the-flap feature means this book can be enjoyed by children and adults as they read together.

You can pick up a copy of these brilliant books now from Amazon, via the following links:

Congratulations again to our Plums!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

It’s My Body- a New Book on the Importance of Body Privacy

It’s My Body is a children’s book written by Louise Spilsbury and illustrated by our Plum Mirella Mariani. It focuses on teaching children about body privacy: explaining to children why private parts should be kept private, how their body belongs to them, and encouraging them to speak up and say ‘no’ if they don’t want someone touching their body or if they are uncomfortable with the way they are being treated.

It’s My Body also talks about respecting the boundaries of those around us, and understanding that different people have different boundaries. It not only focuses on the more serious aspects of having the right to protect your own body, but also explains how some children, particularly those on the autistic spectrum or who have anxiety, may find the smallest of gestures- a hug or a pat on the arm, or any kind of touching- unbearable.
The book also covers bullying and explains to children the best ways in which they can speak out and seek help to stop these events from occurring, as well as the topic of secrets and when you shouldn't keep a secret.

Speaking on her involvement in the project, illustrator Mirella Mariani said,

         “It's a book I'm really happy to have illustrated, because I cared so much about this project and when they sent me the text I immediately took it very much so to heart.”

You can read Mirella’s full thoughts on the book here:

Hachette has said ‘the text explains, simply and clearly, without scaremongering, why body privacy is important.’

It’s My Body is available now to purchase in-store and online. You can purchase the book from Amazon here: