Acclaimed Liverpool entrepreneur and author to officially launch Ben and the Bug
“Book will help with return to school life” says Natalie Reeves Billing
A Liverpool entrepreneur, author and mum of two young children is set to officially launch her latest book aimed at easing the anxieties many families are facing in September and ‘Back to School’.
Natalie Reeves Billing believes ‘Ben and the Bug’ is being launched at a perfect time “when the world is still confused as to how to return to normal in the presence of COVID 19 and more specifically, how school life can return in the face of a pandemic.
“With so many families experiencing anxiety, I decided to create a heartfelt book that I hope can make a real difference,” said the 38 year old.
Natalie explained: “It aims to change the face of Coronavirus for little ones by presenting the story through a Bug’s eyes, looking at life through the lens of a virus.
“The book provides ‘fact’ boxes unlocking the facts and stats around the virus, giving families information they need to know, but without fear-mongering.”
“I know as a mum of two that children are less fearful of things they understand. Sometimes, allowing them to make up their own minds creates more problems. An honest space where adults can talk about these issues is much better than kids guessing at why the world has changed.
The book includes some important themes including powerful female role models, men in a leading role in child-rearing, and doctors finding vaccines and becoming our modern-day celebrities and superheroes.
“The pandemic has changed the way we view the word ‘heroic’ and acknowledges the efforts of our frontline workers,” said Natalie.
Reviews of Ben and the Bug which was published in late May but held back for an official launch this month because of COVID 19 have called for it to be available as a resource in ‘back to school’ classrooms.
Natalie concluded: “We’ve just had some bulk orders from community centres across the region and we’ve purposely created a book with a low-price tag to make it affordable for all.”
Gerard Woodhouse, CEO of the L6 Community Association in Liverpool heaped praise on the publication.
“Ben and the Bug is an amazing book. Not only does it have a great storyline, but it also allows children to grasp an in-depth understanding of Covid-19 and how it spreads and affects the world.
“I have witnessed first-hand the effects that the pandemic has had on the children in our community, making them feel anxious and nervous about the world we are now living in. I am a great advocate of this book as it explains the coronavirus in a child-friendly way, helping to extinguish their worries and understand why we have these new safety precautions in place.
“The Association has just sent copies of the book to 34 primary schools and 8 nurseries across the city. We want the book to reach as many children as possible so that they are able to learn about the changes to the world in a way that is accessible to them.”
Ben and the Bug is available here https://www.lollipoplodge.net/store