We're celebrating The International Day of the Girl with a look in to the exciting pages of our new release, Fantastic Female Adventures.
Matt Dickinson, author of Popcorn-Eating Squirrels and The Everest Files, has recently been in China and spent a whole week at Wellington College in Shanghai leading discussions, presentations and workshops on the theme of Mount Everest to the children studying there.
With the publication of Fantastic Female Adventurers we want to encourage as many boys, girls (and adults!) as possible to enjoy the benefits of having adventures in the outdoors.
If you'd love to help us, here's how:
You can nominate a school of your choosing to a receive a library copy of the book by sending us a PayPal donation of £5 to firstname.lastname@example.org and a message stating the name and address of the school.
The call for more books by and featuring a diverse range of voices, particularly female role models, has never been stronger. With contributions from round the world cyclist Jin Jeong, ocean swimmer Beth French, mountain runner Mira Rai, Britain’s first astronaut Helen Sharman and many more, we hope Fantastic Female Adventurers will inspire children and adults of all ages that they can do incredible things too.
Your donation will pay for the book's print cost, postage and packing and the author's royalty – a proportion of which will be gifted to a number of charities chosen by the adventurers, including Girl Guiding, The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, The Spinal Injuries Association and Surfers Against Sewage.
Schools have that already benefitted from your donations and free competition copies are:
Oldfield Primary School, Chester
Christleton High School Chester
Carrfield Primary Sheffield
St Ebbes Primary School, Oxford
Maghaberry Primary School
Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi
Peterchurch Primary School
The British School, Wotton-Under-EdgeMortlach Primary Schoool
Harrison Primary School
Richards Lodge High School
Cranbourne Primary School
We have published Fantastic Female Adventurers to inspire a younger generation of boys and girls to go out into the world (or indeed the playground) and have some adventurers of their own. We’d like to give away ten copies to school libraries who may have already spent their budget – well done, the kids aren’t even back yet!
Just send us an email and we will pick ten at random to get a free copy of the book: email@example.com
A little bit about the book … Fantastic Female Adventurers by Lily Dyu is a collection of fourteen exciting and inspirational stories about the women that do. Follow them on their incredible journeys around the globe.
Ski to the North Pole with Ann Daniels while watching out for polar bears and lethal cracks in the ice. Feel the air beneath your feet as you climb high on a cliff face with Gwen Moffat. Experience the thrill of racing down rocky Himalayan trails with champion runner Mira Rai. Sail the oceans with Ellen MacArthur, the girl who saved up her lunch money to buy her first boat.
You’ll even fly into space with Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman. And join Lily on other awesome adventures with Anna McNuff, Sarah Outen, Misba Khan and more – taking you from Everest to the South Pole and all the places in between.
Beautifully illustrated by artist and adventurer Chellie Carroll, Fantastic Female Adventurers will leave you thinking: I can do that, too!
Fantastic Female Adventurers by Lily Dyu is a collection of incredible stories of women exploring the world. Featuring a diverse range of women's voices including round the world cyclist Jin Jeong, ocean swimmer Beth French, mountain runner Mira Rai and Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut, this is a book that will inspire boys, girls and adults everywhere that they can achieve incredible things too.
Popcorn-Eating Squirrels Go Nuts on Everest is the second book in a fun, action-packed series by the bestselling author of The Everest Files, Matt Dickinson. In this whacky instalment, the four squirrelly friends enter a competition to win a million pounds and popcorn for life. All they have to do is climb to the top of Everest – risking frostbitten paws, the thin mountain air and being eaten by a Yeti – and make popcorn on the roof of the world! This is a mountain epic survival story unlike any other.
Both books are now available to pre-order at 20% off.
We’re excited to announce that as well as providing our books in print and ebook formats, we are offering audiobook versions of select titles.
Our first three audiobooks, Matt Dickinson's The Everest Files, North Face and Killer Storm are now live. To celebrate this addition to our digital library, our Digital Assets Editor, Sarah, takes a look at what makes audio so appealing for young readers …
The ‘immerseability’ factor
Ever heard the phrase, ‘Headphones in. World out’? This really rings true here – listening to a book makes it so much easier to get drawn into the story. This can be especially helpful for readers who get easily distracted or have trouble concentrating.
Audio appeals to an innate desire: storytelling
The art of telling and listening to a story is the oldest tradition – thousands of years before we were writing stories down and reading them. There is almost an innate comfort about being told a story, and hearing this story from a professional actor makes the experience not only more vivid, but arguably more engaging, realistic and exciting for young readers.
Do more on the go
Parents rejoice! Avoid the dreaded ‘I’m bored’ or ‘Are we there yet?’ on roadtrips – sticking an audiobook on can make any length of journey fun and entertaining!
Give their eyes a break!
In a world where young people are never too far from a screen – be it tablet, TV or mobile phone – audiobooks provide a very welcome relief for tired and strained eyes!
Develop their literacy skills
Using audiobooks can help grow a young person’s vocabulary, as well as their speaking and listening skills.
Audiobooks are accessible
Audiobooks are fantastic for developing a reader’s confidence – for those who find printed books daunting or feel discouraged from a title due its difficult reading level, audiobooks provide a welcome solution.
The more the merrier: make reading a social experience
Audiobooks allow the joy of reading to be developed, shared and discussed. Listening to a book as a family is a great bonding experience and, as previously mentioned, very entertaining due to the high-quality voice actors who narrate with captivating enthusiasm and expression.
They’re great for bedtime
Listening to an audiobook before bed is a fantastic way to winddown and relax. They also make incorporating some reading time into a busy evening routine easier: a real win-win!
Sound good? Keep an ear out as we’ll be announcing more audiobook news very soon!