The journey of Spratly so far has been so much more than just writing, illustrating, publishing or marketing a picture book.
I have learnt so much along the way, both about myself and others. Children have told me their fears, anxieties but also what gives them joy and hope. Teachers often tell me that Spratly resonates well with their classes and have shared displays and how they have used Spratly in class.
My main objective and focus for the book was to primarily support emotional intelligence and validate children’s feelings. However, I feel truly blessed and very proud that Spratly has helped other children in need in Sri Lanka.
Through Captain Elmo and his wonderful CandleAid project, Spratly has supported more than 20 impoverished children learning to swim and most recently a Spratly library has been opened in a remote village in Sri Lanka. These children don’t know who I am and most certainly don’t need to but it is a great joy that they too can benefit from looking and learning from a book. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has purchased a copy of Spratly as your actions have contributed to a library being created.
Your library will have made a difference to everyone in the village of Galwaduwagama.
Thank you for your continued support, it means such a lot to me.
To find out how you can help further, please visit www.candleaid.org