Why Builder Book?
In 2020, the National Literacy Trust published a review.
It looked at the impact of Covid-19 on family wellbeing
and the home environment.
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to fall behind when home learning.
COVID-19 has exacerbated parental depression. Those with fewer resources have been disproportionately affected.
Encouraging parents to engage with their child’s learning is key to boosting language skills.
Successful initiatives focus on developing warm, positive relationships at home.
The key findings were:
How Builder Book addresses this
We work closely with Liverpool businesses and community centres. We identify families with young children, in Early Years and Key Stage 1. The families receive a beautifully crafted Builder Book Tool Box and can opt to join our list for future themed boxes.
Build a better world with Booksy
Storytelling is a powerful tool. By introducing reading,
writing and creativity at an early age, we give our children the best possible start – a life-long love of learning.
Builder Book is an inexpensive, interactive non-tech window into a child’s imagination, and it’s fun for all the family. With our mascot, Booksy the builder, Builder Book literally brings stories to life.' A Builder Book box literally brings stories to life. Created with love by local artists
and authors, these stories are not just for reading, but
for building, too! With Booksy and friends, a child can create their very own world—a safe space, just for them.
With Builder Book, children learn through imaginative play. They read, draw, build, sketch, talk and laugh. Builder Book promotes family time and togetherness, and encourages discussion. It helps children form a positive attachment to learning, and therefore, a sense of balance and well-being.
Our pilot, Builder Book Liverpool focusses on Liverpool life, and contain scenes from our beloved city. This creates relevance, familiarity and a sense of pride in our roots. At
the end of a yearlong pilot (Summer 2022) we will invite participating families to attend a celebration, physical or virtual, to share their story boxes with us.
With your help, we can reach more families, and show them we care.
We are seeking partners who wish to support hard hit Liverpool communities—The children who are falling behind, the families who struggle to make ends meet and a
creative sector crushed by Covid-19.
Here’s how you can get involved..
Jude Lennon is a former Early Years teacher who now works as a Storyteller under the name Little Lamb Tales. She tells stories at Primary schools, community events, festivals and libraries. Jude is also an Amazon best selling children’s author and is the current Disney Winnie the Pooh Laureate for the North West.
Jude heads up Author Development at Team Author UK Kids and is a Creative Content Assistant with EYFSHome which provides daily activities for 3-5 year old's. She is a
Patron of Reading and offers a wide range of workshops and sessions to Primary Schools. Jude also provides writing courses and retreats for adults.
When she isn't writing or telling stories, she loves reading, music, walking and camping in her vintage van Buttercup.
Natalie Reeves Billing
Natalie Reeves Billing is a Liverpool girl with a wicked sense of humour. Her early years as a professional singer/songwriter
led to poetry and storytelling.
Natalie is a fellow of the Lloyd’s Bank School of Social Entrepreneurs program, a member of the Golden Egg Academy and board member of Liverpool Year of Writing,
promoting literacy across Merseyside. She won gold and silver for best children’s book at the 2020 UKTV Mum’s Choice Awards, and her work is on permanent display at The Museum of Liverpool.
J Francis Totti
My name is Joe Francis Totti, I have spent the past 10 years working as a Graphic Designer and Storyboard artist, working
from Liverpool, UK. My storyboard work includes adverts for McDonald’s, Heck sausage, Bulldog razors and Halifax
Panthers. Along with music videos for M-22 - Think About Us ft. Lorne, and Concept boards for Declan Mckenna. Over the
past few years i have also worked on comics like BFOW, Prey For Us, The Corbyn Comic and Apollo for SelfMadeHero and also Adventures in Science for Dead Canary Comics. My graphic design work includes working for BT Sport, Red Bull, LinkedIn, Greene King, Wahaca, NHS, and local small businesses.
My goal is to now work my skillset into helping educate and entertain people and show them how much positivity can be
created from nothing.