During this time of great change, BookTrust NI are working hard to ensure that we continue to reach our beneficiaries, especially those who need us most. We know that families will need support whilst their children are at home and we’re working on a range of initiatives to support communities over the coming weeks and months.
BookTrust have launched a new digital hub, BookTrust Home Time which is packed with reading advice, ideas, activities and resources. This week we have launched a Northern Ireland page, where we will feature local authors, illustrators and initiatives. We want to use this portal to highlight the amazing talent we have locally and share what other organisations are doing to support families across Northern Ireland. Each week we’ll be launching a new video or interview and to kick things off, Malachy Doyle recorded a storytime for us, reading his gorgeous book Molly and the Whale. Do have a look at the hub and see what kind of content we’ve been using so far and please share this resource onwards with your communities.
We also have a BookTrust NI facebook page which will allow us to share the work that authors and illustrators post on Facebook.
You may have already seen the hashtag #UnitedByBooks appearing on Twitter. The aim is to get one hashtag thread which connects the children’s books community and is a place where parents and carers know they can go for high quality book content. Authors and illustrators are being asked to link to the hashtag. It’s not a curated campaign as such, but a way to help families find content and to draw content together. Our colleagues at BookTrust in London were part of the team that initiated this, and we’d really like to make sure that this engages writers, illustrators and the children’s books community in Northern Ireland too. We’d love to bring as many partners as possible into this, and so are hoping you will be able to promote and share on your own channels. The #UnitedByBooks activity started on Monday 23rd March and we have already been using it in tweets from @BookTrustNI.
I know the team at BookTrust NI has a lot of ideas about how we can support families over the coming weeks through Digital activity. It would be great to share ideas and to see what we can do to cross-promote and support each other.