Children can meet the author of new book Share Some Secrets in a Doncaster bookshop this weekend.
The picture rhyming book with audio by Yorkshire author Christina Gabbitas encourages children to share any troublesome secrets, without fear or shame.
Christina researched her book that is endorsed by children’s charities, for two years, then got it to print with illustrations from Leeds artist Ric Lumb.
The author said: “Share Some Secrets is a way to help educate young children of primary school age
about inappropriate behaviour, in language which they will understand but will not distress them.”
She continued : “ After seeing the appalling news stories about child sexual abuse, I wanted to try and help in some way. I sent copies to the NSPCC and was thrilled to get such positive feedback. They didn’t just like the book, they loved it, and have shared it and made it available in their library. If we can help just one child speak out, we will have achieved what we set out to do. I have donated 100 books to the NSPCC, for the safeguarding team visiting schools.”
Karen Childs Smith, head of knowledge and information at the NSPCC, said: “Helping to provide
parents, carers, teachers and everyone with a role in protecting children with advice on how to talk to
them about staying safe is something that sits at the very heart of the NSPCC’s mission.”
Children’s charity Barnardo’s has also approached Christina to create a special edition for their 150
th anniversary this year, with a one pound donation per book sale to the charity.
Allan McLaren, from Barnardo’s said: Keeping children safe is one of our highest priorities and
Christina’s publication helps to reinforce this. The donations from the book will help support some of
the UK’s most vulnerable children.”
Christina is known for her Felicity Fly books and her national not-for-profit initiative to promotoe reading and writing. She will be in W H Smith, in Doncaster’s Frenchgate Centre on Saturday from 10.30am to 3pm.
To find out more about her latest work visit www.sharesomesecrets.com