Appeal launched to raise money to provide The Lost Words books to schools in Bournemouth and Poole

Contributed by Westbourne Bookshop


Westbourne Bookshop has launched a Crowdfunder appeal to raise enough money to get a copy of The Lost Words into every school in the Bournemouth and Poole area. This follows the Lost Words Dorset campaign last year which has successfully provided copies of The Lost Words to schools in the Dorset County Council area and which involved Westbourne's sister shop, Gulliver's Bookshop, in Wimborne.

There are 85 schools in Bournemouth and Poole that work with 3 - 16 year olds including three special schools and one centre for alternative provision. As well giving the book to schools, Westbourne Bookshop will supply a copy of 'An Explorer’s Guide to The Lost Words', a fantastic accompanying resource written by Eva John and published by the John Muir Trust which will help teachers get the most out of the book. We have allowed enough in our budget to give more than one copy to larger schools and schools spread across broader age groups.

The target of £2000 will allow Westbourne Bookshop to make sure that children in Bournemouth and Poole have the opportunity to experience what this book has to offer.  The Lost Words is a book to be shared, to delight and inspire children, and the 'spells' and the wonderful illustrations are sure to catch the imagination of all who read it.

Bournemouth and Poole Libraries have kindly offered to present the books and the accompanying Explorers' Guides to the 84 schools, starting in the second half of the summer term.

The Lost Words is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke, and is set out in an ideal way to share these words across the generations. Words allow children to give things names, to share stories and memories.  Without the right words we cannot name, love, or - ultimately – care for these things. Children in schools across Dorset have already been inspired to produce artwork and 'spell poems' of their own about the nature they see around them, and we aim to provide the same inspiration for the children of Bournemouth and Poole too.

Please, if you can, support this campaign and give the children of Bournemouth and Poole a chance to bring the 'Lost Words’ to life.  You can pledge your support on the campaign's Crowdfunder page here.

Paul Angel of Westbourne Bookshop (@westbourne books on Twitter).  [6/03/2019]