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My Books, My Story

'Books are Uniquely Portable Magic.'

‐ Stephen King

'It was books that made me feel that perhaps I wasn't completely alone.'

‐ Cassandra Clare

'We loose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there to.'

‐ Anonymous

'A book is a dream you hold in your hands.'

‐ Neil Gaiman

An exhibition of artwork created by children and young people in care, inspired by books.

Reading for pleasure is incredibly important and is a proven indicator of future happiness and wellbeing, and we know that being creative helps with problem solving and seeing different viewpoints. With this project we are combining reading for pleasure and creativity to create a one of a kind exhibition will be shown in museums, libraries and may even tour the country to share how talented the children and young people in care within Leicestershire .

What’s it all about?

This exciting project is for any child or young person in care in Leicestershire who has ever read a book or shared a story OR anyone who has an interest in any kind of art or culture for example photography, yarn bombs or the art on collectible cards OR anyone would like to develop a skill in the arts and produce something great for free!

This project is about creating ART inspired by Books.

Children and young people in care will explore their connection to books

Is there a book that you would choose? Why? Is it your favourite or was it terrible? How does the story make you feel? Why is it important to you? Why do you remember it? Is it happy or sad? Scary or exciting? Do you own it or did you borrow it? Did you read it or was it read to you? What other things does it make you think about?

Personal connections will be expressed in unique ways

Children and young people will also be asked what sort of art they would like to make and share. We will be providing free workshops and lessons, with all the materials needed and prioritising listening to the needs of the children and young people

Who is involved so far?

114 children and young people were nominated by Leicestershire Virtual School, Corporate Parenting and Culture Leicestershire, and received personal invites to take part in the project. A wider invite has also been shared via the LCC Fostering News and via the LCC Fostering Facebook group.

How to get involved!

If you are in care and live in Leicestershire, and this sounds like something you would like to get involved with, I would love to hear from you!

email: stephanie.strange@leics.gov.uk Tel: 0116 305 8760 Mobile/whatsapp: 07526 927 180