"In the picture" - inclusive children's books project
Positive images of disabled people—and of those from other excluded groups—feature in a collection of 45 hand-picked children’s picture books as part of a country-wide project. All are welcome to the launch of “In the Picture” on Tuesday 20th January 2009 in Galway’s Westside Library at 3.30pm.
“Galway Play4All is promoting these books, from a variety of publishers, because how we depict the world to our children in their books is important,” said Jean Parker of Galway Play4All.
“We looked first for children’s picture books with high-quality writing and illustration. From these we chose those which also included images of disabled children and adults, or of people from other excluded groups, who are often invisible in books.”
“Our aim was to choose stories in which characters who are disabled or otherwise excluded are shown casually, as in the real world—playing, dancing, exploring, feeling, learning and just getting on normally with their everyday lives—not necessarily as the main focus.
The books selected will appeal to both older and younger children, and their families. They are being displayed for a month at Westside, Tuam and Ballinasloe libraries, and can also be borrowed by children, free of charge.
Dubray Books in Shop Street, Galway is stocking and featuring a selection of the titles and can order others.
You can get a superbly–illustrated 12-page free booklet—In the picture—describing the books and how to get hold of them from these places, or download it from the Galway libraries website: www.galwaylibrary.ie
There is also a display collection of the books for adults to use at training events, workshops and conferences. Book the display on 091 75209.
Maureen Moran, the county’s senior executive librarian, said “We are delighted to be involved in this initiative, promoting high quality picture books with inclusive illustrations. We look forward to welcoming children—and their parents—into libraries to borrow these books, free of charge.”
The project was inspired by scope’s Putting children in the picture campaign in the UK, which aims to inspire the book world to include disabled children.
Play4All has been supported with resources from Galway City Partnership, Galway City & County Childcare Committee, Galway County Council, Galway County Development Board, Galway Rural Development, Playshare and Youth Work Ireland, and help from the 18 different publishers of these books.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Contact: Irene Murphy, tel: 0876 487187
Enclosed (with mailing): In the picture booklet (further copies available at launch)
Launch: 3.30 pm, Westside Library, Seamus Quirke Road, Galway
Copies of In the picture booklet will be available at the launch
Light refreshments provided
Galway Play4All came together in 2006, with the support of the Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency (Dessa) to support and promote the inclusion of disabled children within play, youth work and childcare settings. The Play4All committee has brought together representatives of Brothers of Charity, Comhar Naíonra na Gaeltachta, Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency, Enable Ireland, Galway City and County Childcare Committee, Galway County Council, Galway County Development Board, Galway Rural Development, Health Service Executive (pre-school services), Irish National Council for ADHD services, PlayShare, and Youth Work Ireland.
scope's In The Picture campaign aims to encourage publishers, illustrators and writers to embrace diversity - so that disabled children, who have been virtually invisible until recently, are included alongside others in illustrations and story lines in books for young readers. It is not an attempt to create a separate strand of children’s literature, tackling disability issues. More information on the campaign can be found on the web at www.childreninthepicture.org.uk