Pippa Sweeney

WINNER - BESA - British Education Supplier Awards, 2013
Category - Best  Special  Educational  Resource
 or  Equipment  -­  non  ICT  .

WGK new cover

'As an adult who grew up with not having my dyslexia recognised, I fully welcome this book. ‘Words Get Knotted’ is a breath of fresh air for all children who have a learning challenge such as dyslexia. This book will help children to articulate specific aspects of dyslexia and illustrate to other children the fundamentals of it. More importantly, it stresses that every child has special skills and talents!’ .

Laura Henry - UK National Representative for the Early Care and Education World Forum and Deputy Chair for the National Quality Improvement Network for Early Years Nurseries.

"Hey Pippa
Just had to order another batch of books. The last one I gave out to a little boy who has just been diagnosed and his parents were so taken with his response to the book that it made them cry! They said he keeps reading it and saying "That's just like me" What a star you are! This is however, costing me a fortune! x"

Tricia Gardner - Dyslexia Specialist - Adelaide, South Australia

Published by Featherstone Education an imprint of Bloomsbury
UK - 13 September 2012.
Hardback £9.99 €14.30 (ROI)


BA(Hons) Illustration and MA Illustration: Authorial Practice at Falmouth University are regarded as two of the best Illustration courses in Europe. Many students go on to develop successful careers in the industry or become autonomous writers and illustrators of their own books and graphic novels. As such, individual recognition has recently been awarded to three of Falmouth University's Illustration Alumni: Pippa Sweeney, Rebecca Cobb and Viviane Schwarz.Pippa Sweeney - who graduated from MA Illustration: Authorial Practice - was presented with a ‘Best Special Educational Resource or Equipment - non ICT' award at the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) Education Resource Awards 2013 in Birmingham last month. Her picture book Words Get Knotted, illustrated and designed for dyslexic children, was among a number of other winning awards selected by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals, most of whom are classroom teachers.Caroline Wright, Director of BESA said: "What makes these Awards different is that they focus on the resources, services and the people that really make an impact on learning and the day-to-day work of the teachers in the classroom."Now in its fifteenth year, The Education Resources Awards are organised by BESA and Brilliant Marketing with media partner the Education Guardian.Rebecca Cobb - who graduated from BA(Hons) Illustration - has won an award and £2,000 from a shortlist of five titles for best picture book at the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013. Waterstones children's new titles buyer Melissa cox said: "Full of originality, our shortlist was rich and exciting but Rebecca's book shone through with its wonderfully expressive young girl and beautifully realised animals looming large on the pages."The illustrations skilfully evoke the wonder of a child's imagination and the story is great fun to read aloud with small children. Rebecca is definitely one to watch."Rebecca said she was surprised to win the award for her book Lunchtime about a little girl persuaded to eat her lunch by a crocodile, a bear and a wolf. She added: "Lunchtime is based on my own memories of being little and not eating my meals. All the other shortlisted books are really beautiful and I felt very honoured to be included in the shortlist, so delighted to have won."Beginning her career with magazine illustration, Rebecca got her big break when Falmouth publisher Ron Johns asked her to illustrate Helen Dunmore's words for her picture book The Ferry Birds. She has since worked with Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and has illustrated for Richard Curtis.Viviane Schwarz - who also graduated from MA Illustration: Authorial Practice - has recently been featured in Varoom's ‘Illustration Report'. She is noted for her ‘rule-breaking' illustrated books for children - books that don't conform to the classic 32-page picture book and that aren't necessarily guided by a story but have hands-on spaces for children to play and think as well as draw and make.Creator of the successful There are No Cats in this Book, published by Walker books, Viviane has produced Welcome to your Awesome Robot coming out as the first of their new titles. Mixing genres, this is part comic story, part manual and according to Varoom, ‘is a wholly engaging way to furnish kids with ways to think outside the box, literally. Parents, by the way, are given rules to keep them quiet.Viviane says she drew this book, "digitally without detailed roughs, which was usefully awkward. A bit of awkwardness encourages people to join in creatively because they feel their own work compares well.""It reminds me of something Matisse said about leaving a chink somewhere in the painting something a bit rough that doesn't quite fit in," she continues. "It's this, he says, that acts like a kind of door into the painting, to pull you into really looking and interacting with it."Insert body text here ...

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