Andrea who works at our occupier NWTS in Newton House spent last year writing, illustrating and self-publishing a Children’s book. The Book named “Rab and his Lucky Shell” is aimed at 3-7 year olds and touches on LGBTQ and disability issues.
It carries important messages such as – being different is a good thing, showing kindness to all, along with friendship and acceptance messages. As well as a great story, the book is illustrated beautifully with lots of bright colours and also contains some sea life fact sheets as well as some colouring activities.
Andrea says: “I have nieces aged 6 & 7 years and I’ve noticed a gap in the market for inclusive books. I’ve been a graphic designer for the majority of my life. A friend had a rainbow crab as a toy I based my idea on this. I have a lot of gay friends and I also noticed that not many books covered disability or being different. I want children to accept each other’s differences more readily and to be kind to each other.”
You can find out some more information about Rab the Rainbow Crab and the rest of his friends at @Rabtherainbowcrab on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
You can also purchase copies of the book in Authentic-Uppermill, The Gallery-Slaithwaite, Spirals, Innovation and The Book Case-Hebden Bridge or message Andrea direct via social media.