New children’s book launched by Levenmouth group

Pictured (l-r) author Lynne Rickards, Demi Shields & Alana, Kay McLeary from Homestart, Michaela Murdoch, Paula Martin with Kemi and illustrator Eilidh Muldoon. Picture by Fife Photo Agency
Pictured (l-r) author Lynne Rickards, Demi Shields & Alana, Kay McLeary from Homestart, Michaela Murdoch, Paula Martin with Kemi and illustrator Eilidh Muldoon. Picture by Fife Photo Agency

A new picture book highlighting the importance of healthy eating for children written with the help of parents from Levenmouth was launched today (Tuesday) in Methil.

The launch at Methil Community Education Centre marks the completion of a two year writer in residency project run by Scottish Book Trust and Home-Start Levenmouth Family Group.

‘Never Bite a Tiger on the Nose’ was written by author Lynne Rickards and was developed during a series of workshops with 11 parents from the Levenmouth Family Group to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating for children in their early years.

Now, 60,000 copies of the finished book have been published by Scottish Book Trust to include in the 2015 Bookbug Pirate pack which will be given to every three-year-old in Scotland this year.

Lynne facilitated weekly creative writing classes with the group that explored foods and healthy eating, with support from NHS Health Scotland.

The resulting book, featuring the fantastic illustrations of Eilidh Muldoon, is a fun-filled tale written in rollicking rhyme that encourages children to try eating tasty, healthy foods including carrots and bananas.

I’m very proud of the finished book which is beautifully illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon.

Writer Lynne Rickards

Paula Martin, a parent who participated in the classes, said: “The experience of working with Lynne was great and we all gained new skills and felt that we were a part of a great opportunity. I know we will all treasure our experience of the project “

As part of the launch today, Lynne did a reading of the book, Sainsbury’s Leven provided healthy food platters, and an exhibition of Eilidh Muldoon’s illustrations was also unveiled. The exhibition will now go on a tour of libraries in Fife throughout the rest of the year in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust.

Commenting on the project Lynne Rickards said: “I was thrilled to be chosen as an Early Years Writer-in-Residence for Scottish Book Trust and had a brilliant time working with a great group of mums to produce our healthy eating story.

“Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Team and the lovely people at Home-Start Levenmouth provided excellent support throughout the project, and I’m very proud of the finished book which is beautifully illustrated by Eilidh Muldoon.”

Kay Mcleary, Senior Coordinator at Home-Start Leven mouth, added: “The parents involved in the project were delighted to have an opportunity to work with Lynne and contribute their ideas about what kind of book they would enjoy reading to their children to emphasise the importance of healthy eating in a fun and engaging way”.

The touring exhibition is at Methil Library from today (May 5) until May 15, before moving on to Leven Library (May 18-29), Kennoway Library (June 1-12) and St Andrews Library (June 15-26), before heading around the rest of the Kingdom until December.