Kate Heaslip , Founder, of the Book Incubator and Bella Burgemeister August 2016

The story behind the book, Bella's Challenge.

Bella created her first book with the Book Incubator when she was 8 years old and attending a From Storyboard to Print In-School Literacy Camp at her primary school. That year, at her school, all children in years 1-7 became published authors! The program is challenging, fun and achievable for all ages.

 

Two years, later Bella approached the Book Incubator with an idea that she had about creating another book.

 

Bella was concerned about how adults were caring for the environment. She was concerned that kids were not getting the right messages and, when she discovered the 17 UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, she acted. She wanted to write a book. She wanted to re-write the 17 UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development in language that children could understand. We were to call this kid-speak.

 

The creation of Bells's Challenge was a team effort. Bella had the idea but she needed a plan and she needed help. Lots of help. She was, afterall only ten years old when this project began.

 

Bella's mum, drove her to the studio week, after week, after week. And week, after week, after week Kate helped Bella to unpack the goals and re-write them in kid-speak. Together they planned and crafted the story, the illustrations and the challenges. In the end, Kate drew the illustrations and then Bella outlined and coloured them in.  The Book Incubator handled the book layout, the cover design design and the print management.

 

Meanwhile, at home, Dad or Grandad looked after Bella's many siblings.

 

In the studio, Bella's mum added her two cents (and sometimes four) and the project grew and developed. It was hard work and fun all at once. But it is important to remember that every aspect of the project was a team effort.

 

The book was launched at a community event at the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury in late January 2017.

 

The Book Incubator is proud to have sponsored and mentored Bella to achieve her goal – distributing Bella's Challenge to each  primary school in Bunbury.  Many books have travelled far beyond Bunbury – some have found their way into homes and schools across Australia and overseas.

 

It is now time to reprint. We are currently "tweaking" the project and will soon be ready to print the 2nd edition of this very popular book. Please click on the register your interest button if you want to be notified when the 2nd edition is ready.

 

Congratulations Bella!

 

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The From Storyboard to Print In-School Literacy Camp is an innovative, hands on, fun and challenging literacy program. The children learn about story structure, writing and illustrating as they develop storyboards and create 24 page books. The books are then professionally designed, printed and launched.

 

2 books  printed per participant. (More availabe if wanted)

Additional copy of  each book printed for  the school library

Contact us to find out about an in school literacy camp for your school.

 

The From Storyboard to Print Workshops for Kids aged 5- 14 are taught in  friendly small group workshops children will learn the process of writing and illustrating a story as they create a 24 page printed picture book.

 

2 books  printed per participant. (More availabe if wanted)

Maximum group size: 10

Specific workshops are offered throughout the year in the South West.

 

The From Storyboard to Print Workshops for Teens aged 12- 18 join us in small group workshops big kids where they will become published authors anda illustrators as they learn the process of writing and illustrating graphic comics or picture books.

 

Bunbury

2 books  printed per participant. (More availabe if wanted)

Maximum group size: 12

Specific workshops are offered throughout the year.

 

 

PS. Our facilitators love to travel and our workshops can be delivered anywhere within Australia.

Contact us to find out how.

 

 

 

 

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