This is now 98% funded on the stretched target.
When the Lost Words was first published Jane Beaton had the idea to put a copy into every school in Scotland. She felt that the book could re-engage children with nature, and help teachers. It seems like a long time ago now, but it was only 18 weeks.
It’s a curious thing to do to ask people to donate money to buy your book. Please understand that Robert and I do not profit from this. The books have been offered at an extra high discount to Jane by Penguin as an acknowledgement and in support of her aim. And I do believe that there are many many books that should be in every school, which is why I am a passionate supporter of school libraries. School libraries, public libraries, these are places that should be protected. And not just libraries as ‘ a room filled with books’, but libraries with librarians who help to guide those through that maze of shelves to find the right book, the one that might just change a life.
In crafting The Lost Words Robert Macfarlane and I worked closely with Hamish Hamilton and all the team there. They helped us to realise our vision. The artwork and words are exhibited side by side at The Foundling Museum in London until May, then from 19th May-2nd Sept they will be at Inverleith House in the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
In the meantime it would be wonderful to see this reach the extended target. The funder is open until 7pm this eve ( and much thanks to Crowdfunder who extended the time period which enabled us to not only meet, but exceed the target.
For all who have given already I thank you.
Please leave comments with suggestions for other titles that you feel should be in school libraries.