Author of the book Grandad’s Camper in St Albans Schools

3:22 PM May 6, 2022

A St Albans author is teaming up with a charity for young LGBT+ people, to bring stories about diverse families to primary schools.

Non-binary Harry Woodgate wrote and illustrated Grandad’s Camper for which they won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Best Illustrated Book 2022.

Charity Just Like Us, which produces free educational resources, has collaborated with Harry to produce a video reading of Grandad’s Camper by the author as well as a reading guide with discussion prompts and ideas on how to use the book as a writing invitation in the context of school diversity. The week.

School Diversity Week (20-24 June) is a UK-wide celebration of LGBT+ equality in primary and secondary schools run by the charity.

Grandad’s Camper follows the story of a girl and her grandfather who take them on a special campervan journey, sharing heartwarming stories of his adventures with the late grandfather, late grandfather’s partner.

Just Like Us chief executive Dominic Arnall said: “We are delighted to be working with Harry Woodgate, an award-winning children’s author, to open up much-needed conversations around diverse families in primary schools this School Diversity Week.

“A big thank you to Harry and everyone at Andersen Press for helping us bring inclusive storytelling to schools – we’re really proud to be able to provide this video resource and reading guide for teachers to share with their students. of primary.”

Harry said: “It’s been really nice to work with Just Like Us to bring Grandad’s Camper to children, schools and families across the UK during School Diversity Week. I’m super excited to bring the book to a wider audience and hope it helps increase awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ+ relationships and identities, while showing that families can come in all shapes and sizes. sizes.

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Grover Z. Barnes