Communities across the country are set to benefit thanks to a unique partnership between Groundwork and children’s publisher Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.
The partnership will see Frances Lincoln, part of the Quarto Group, donate 3% of the retail price to the charity from its next book, Thank You, written by award-winning poet Joseph Coelho and acclaimed illustrator Sam Usher.
Thank You tells the story of “a little boy, Tantenda, who wants to say his biggest ‘Thank you’ ever to help his whole community feel better.”
The story is inspired by the coronavirus pandemic and Clap for Carers and helps to show children how they can celebrate the key workers in their lives.
Groundwork will invest any donation made into local communities by installing special ‘friendship benches’ in schools to help children build friendships with their fellow pupils.
Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s national chief executive, said:
We’re thrilled to be partnering with Quarto on this really exciting opportunity. The donation will be put to good use by enabling us to create spaces for children to make new friendships, boost their wellbeing as well as encouraging young people to regain a sense of normality with their peers.
The book was commissioned by group publisher Katie Cotton, she said:
As soon as I read Joseph Coelho’s Thank You I knew that we had to publish it for all the children out there who have joined their parents in clapping for the NHS. Accompanied by Sam Usher’s illustrations, it is such a delightful, lyrical celebration of the power of gratitude and the strength of community – something that Groundwork works tirelessly for every day. We are proud to be collaborating with them to bring joy to communities across the UK during this strange and difficult time.
The book will be published in the UK on Tuesday 22 September 2020 in paperback.
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Groundwork is a charity working locally and nationally to transform lives in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities. We’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no one is held back by their background or circumstances. We help people gain confidence and skills, get into training and work, protect and improve green spaces, lead more active lives and overcome significant challenges such as poverty, isolation, low skills and poor health.
ABOUT THE QUARTO GROUP
The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) creates a wide variety of books and intellectual property products, with a mission to inspire life’s experiences. Produced in many formats for adults, children and the whole family, our products are visually appealing, information rich and stimulating. The Group encompasses a diverse portfolio of imprints and businesses that are creatively independent and expert in developing long-lasting content across specific niches of interest. Quarto sells and distributes its products globally in over 50 countries and 40 languages, through a variety of sales channels, partnerships and routes to market. Quarto employs c.330 talented people in the US and the UK. The group was founded in London in 1976. It is domiciled in the US and listed on the London Stock Exchange.
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