To celebrate Black History Month, we’re giving away a book a day between now and 31st October! Each day, on Facebook (facebook.com/TamarindBooks) and Twitter @TamarindBooks), we’ll let you know which of our fantastic books could be winging their way to you. All you have to do is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and address. Winners will be picked at random and then notified by email. Check out Facebook and Twitter NOW to find out about today’s amazing giveaway!
It’s Black History Month!
At this time of year, businesses, cultural organisations and schools celebrate the history and culture of Africa and the Caribbean. To help get your celebrations underway, we’re giving away a book every weekday on Twitter and Facebook. Follow Tamarind Books to enter daily competitions and win!
Donna Panton’s independent business, Colourful Kids, was founded only about a year ago, but it is already established in North West London as a great source of books and toys that reflect children from diverse backgrounds.
In November 2009, Colourful Kids held a launch event to celebrate its new online buying tool. Tamarind supplied activity packs and posters for children attending the event, which we’re told went down a storm. After an inspiring speech from Tamarind founder Verna Wilkins, £500 worth of books was sold in 30 minutes!
On Friday and Saturday 16-17th October, Tamarind ran a stand at the annual Special Educational Needs Show in the Business Design Centre, north London. The entire list was on display to the five thousand specialist teachers, carers and consultants who visited for the workshops, seminars and resources at the show.
The Silence Seeker went down particularly well. Several attendees stood round the stand, quietly reading the lyrical story. Many buyers planned to use it for assemblies and class discussions, and to use its stylish, intricate illustrations to encourage interest from reluctant readers of all ages. The friendship without words in the book has special resonance for teachers of children with little English and those focused on social inclusion. Several Tamarind titles feature disabled characters and SEN themes, such as self esteem, inclusion and bullying. The books provide excellent support for SEN practitioners.
Comments on the day included:
“My kids loved Caribbean Animals. They were asking me questions about the animals for ages!”
“I want to buy them for my own children – not just for work.”
“You’re my favourite publisher.”
“The day has been amazing and getting The Silence Seeker is the perfect end.”