Have you every browsed through kids picture books looking for wheelchair users? or searched an online bookshop for kids books where wheelchairs are accepted as normal and not an issue?
I have. I failed to find any I liked. None that conveyed that sense of joy and freedom my wheels give me. None that made wheels feel normal.
With help from Whizz-kidz, this will change!
Working with a group from Whizz-kidz, in time for Christmas I will be having published the first books in a new series aimed at 2-6 year olds! Perfect for all young children - colourful, fun, unique - and breaking down the fear of 'different', helping all who read them (parents included) see past the chair. And raising money for Whizz-kidz at the same time. Perfect!
It is early days yet, but this project has totally captured my heart, and the time I've spent so far with the Whizz-Kidz and the input from them has been phenomenal - not least their liveliness and humour - which I now need to try and capture on paper!
I predict that the next 2 months are going to include some of the most rewarding hard work I have yet done!
(note: featured picture is not the final cover of the book.)