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P1 children to be offered new book as part of centenary programme

Every child who started P1 in 2021 is to be offered a new book as part of a programme marking the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland

EVERY child who started P1 in 2021 is to be offered a new book as part of a programme marking the centenary of Northern Ireland.

Our Wee Place has been commissioned by the NIO and will be delivered to schools, Sure Start centres and libraries.

It has been produced by children's author Sophie Kirtley and illustrator Ellan Rankin.

It draws on cultural touchpoints, landmarks and traditions as it follows Emily and her Granda as they journey around Northern Ireland.

The book also touches on the ideas of resolving conflict and promoting understanding and tolerance.

Ms Kirtley said: "As a wee girl growing up in Northern Ireland I never really saw places I knew or voices I recognised in any of the books that I read or had read to me.

"It felt very important to me to address this when I took on the project, and to make sure that the children who read Our Wee Place can see themselves and hear themselves represented in these pages."

Ms Rankin added: "I was so excited to be a part of this project. To be able to draw all the places I love and grew up with."

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