Secretary of State for Northern Ireland offered a children’s book to every child who started school this year
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis published a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book which was offered to every child who started P1 in 2021.
Our Wee Place, which was commissioned as part of the Northern Ireland Office’s Our Story in the Making programme to mark Northern Ireland’s Centenary, was delivered to schools, Sure Start centres and libraries across Northern Ireland. The book reflects positively and engages young children on the experience of growing up in Northern Ireland.
The book was produced by established children’s author Sophie Kirtley and emerging illustrator Ellan Rankin, both of whom were born and grew up in Northern Ireland. Both have used their own local knowledge and experience of Northern Ireland in producing the book.
The book was created to sensitively reflect on the experience of growing up in Northern Ireland, drawing on cultural touchpoints, landmarks and traditions that will resonate with children everywhere, irrespective of their background, as they join Emily and her Granda as they journey around Northern Ireland.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis said:
“Our Wee Place is a celebration of Northern Ireland, and I’m extremely proud that we have been able to produce this wonderful book, which tells the story of growing up in Northern Ireland.
“With tens of thousands of books being delivered to schools, Sure Start centres and libraries in time for Christmas, children will be able to read and learn about their home as they follow Emily and her Granda’s adventure around Northern Ireland.
“I want to thank Sophie Kirtley and Ellan Rankin for creating this beautifully well written and illustrated book, which I hope Northern Ireland children and families will really enjoy.”