World Book Day is a significant date in local Liverpool author Natalie Reeves Billing’s career, not only does the day mark the launch of her first children’s book back in 2020, but this year’s event brings something even more spectacular.
From launching her first children’s book before the beginning of the national lockdown in 2020, Natalie has literally hit the ground running, producing a further 7 titles as well as setting up a social enterprise for her local community for families to gain access to educational and creative tools.
So, what can we expecting from the Liverpool girl with a wicked sense of humour this 4th March? Natalie is set to launch the third book in her #MonstrousMe collection, called ‘My Brother is a Monster/My Sister is a Monster’ which follows on from the success of the previous titles.
The collection of books literally turn stories on their heads, by physically flipping the narrative! With the aim of the books to give children a first look at the idea of seeing life from other viewpoints, in order to imagine life through different eyes.
There will also be free downloadable monster crafts and papercraft to accompany the book available on Natalie’s website.
Natalie has also announced the launch of her builder book pilot project on her social enterprise, in conjunction with local author Jude Lennon of Team Author and graphic designer Jonathan Tottey. Created by local authors and local creatives during times while the creative sector is struggling makes it a perfect combined local project.
Due to launch mid-April, the project will contain scene/props that represent the local area which enables children to read, build and write their own book, creating an attachment to their home city. The project aims to support children that may be a key area of concern where it comes to reading and literacy, supporting with hands on activities for more tactile children.
Natalie has been working alongside Shirley Marshall and Gerard Woodhouse in the L6 Community and aims to give the fun-filled creative boxes to young families in the city.
Builder Book is a crowdfund/sponsorship project to boost literacy in Liverpool as part of #LiverpoolWrites (Liverpool Year of Writing) which Natalie is a board member and involved in the core planning group for events and content.
Boosting literacy levels, connect communities and being fun all while supporting family time and better mental health is the main aims of the project.
“Literacy and education is my prime passion. Giving access to books and educational materials to all children in every part of the world is my ultimate goal, but to start with, my social enterprise, Split Persectivz, aims to give all kids in Liverpool the best start in life, by securing funding for reading materials, while also supporting local authors and creatives.
I believe that education should be fun and interactive, and that is why I like my books to do stuff, like keep secrets and hide things from you or flip upside, or mean one thing to one person, and something else to another.”
For further information visit www.nataliereevesbilling.com
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