The Bebingford Bunch – Series of Children’s Books
Created by Lisa Jane Robinson
The aim is to write a series of kids’ books that bring a light-hearted, yet, honest approach to everyday situations and problems that kids aged 9-11 face.
I want to tackle issues that are not currently covered in kids’ books. I aim to do this in a realistic and not ‘sugar-coated’ approach to the many issues kids this age experience every single day.
The Bebingford Bunch – is a series of short stories that overlap, featuring the children of Miss Summertime’s class.
I want there to be a book for each child in the class. Each one exploring a different topical issue, yet flowing on from each other. With the same characters re-occurring in each book.
The first book in this series is Molly Marvel the Mystical Magician.
This book tells the story of a seemingly spoilt child who gets what she wants, when she wants it. Her world is turned upside-down when her parents tell her that they are expecting a baby. Molly’s only wish is for them to go away, but what would happen if they did?
The moral of this story is ‘you don’t know what you have until it’s gone’. The book itself covers issues such as what happens when you hear your parents are going to have another baby, learning to share and the book mildly touches on the issue of Bullying. I have spoken to companies like Tommy’s and Bliss for research on this particular project.
Molly Marvel will be used as a work in progress piece to showcase the idea of what I would like to achieve here at the Bebingford Bunch.
If you would like an advance copy, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this.
In addition to this, there are plans for – ‘Trixie Foule, the Coolest Kid in School’, which is a follow on from Molly Marvel, as Trixie is Molly’s best friend and will cover the issues of Trixie growing up with lots of brothers and sisters, being the youngest child, and focuses more on issues such as Bullying and poverty. The tagline for this story is ‘Triumph over adversity’. I have linked in with Shelter in relation to this story.
I personally would like to thank these charities for their help by taking the time to send me information to help with this project.
The main aim for the Bebingford Bunch is for it to be a constantly evolving piece of work to be used as a reference and aid to kids going through any of these issues covered. Also, for their friends and colleagues to gather an understanding of what happens in these situations and what support is available for them, their parents and relatives.
I want to get as many people as possible involved in the project to give it a first hand approach. Both parent and kids who have experienced a specific issues – are more than welcome to contribute and get in touch.
I would also like to take this piece into schools and complete workshops for children on the issues that are covered – getting charities and companies involved to make this the best and most effective project it can be.
We need you!
If you would like to be a part of this exciting project, either by writing, illustrating, contributing an idea, or anything else, you can get in touch in the following ways;
Survey Monkey – If you have any ideas or suggestions about what you would like to see, or would like to share an idea for a story, you can fill in this short survey below;
Email – If you would like to be a part of making the Bebingford Bunch a reality, or have any suggestions or ideas, you can email email@example.com – I look forward to hearing from you!