Inspiring Others with her Words: Child in Care Publishes Story Book

When concentrating in the classroom environment can be difficult, most would think writing (and publishing) their own children’s book would be completely out of the question.. but 11-year-old Camilla proved everyone wrong, including herself!

All with the unwavering support of her dedicated Pyjama Angel, Maureen. Maureen met Camilla in 2019. Despite spending most of 2020 in lockdown, the pair kept in touch virtually and continued growing their special friendship.

Camilla’s carer tells us that she’s seen a little girl who can get very distracted in a classroom environment completely blossom with the support of Maureen. She shares that most significantly, Maureen has made learning fun for Camilla helped her build her confidence and so much more.

During one of Maureen’s visits, Camilla proudly shared a special project with her that she had been working on: her own story book!

Maureen was thrilled to see that Camilla had not just written a composition, but the whole story. Previously, Camilla has been hesitant to work on English and literacy and has struggled with spelling.

Maureen shares the sense of pride she radiated that day with us, so much so, she encouraged Camilla and her foster mum to get it published!

“I thought Camilla would get a boost from it and be proud of herself. I feel she is more confident.”

Camilla shared just how important Maureen was in helping  being her book to life…

“She helped with the editing and finding someone to do the illustrations,” she tells us. “And I kept you going!” adds Maureen.

Camilla was thrilled to see her book with illustrations. “It was exciting, and way better than I imagined!” she says.

We all need a little bit of encouragement to take the next step. Having someone who believes in your ability and guides you towards success can truly be invaluable.

So you must be wondering, and of course we asked Camilla if there will be a sequel for her book, she smiled and replied, “You’ll have to wait and see!”.

Maureen asked Camilla how she came to write the story, and Camilla replied, “I just started writing it in the middle of the night.”

“Does that mean we’ll have to wait ‘til you wake up in the middle of the night again and start writing?”

Camilla laughs and says, “I don’t know.”

… And so we wait!