ABOUT OLLY AND LILLY
Olly and Lilly are two excitable off-road bikes that love going on crazy adventures. Their journey begins by focusing on their story of adoption, finding a new race team family and the highs and lows this throws at them. It helps to explore families, feelings and to build empathy and other important life-skills.
Each adventure focuses on key stages in a child’s life and covers topics that children may find challenging or are worried about. The aim being to allow them to discuss these situations with adults and also to think about how they would cope in a similar situation or with key life events.
Note to parents/carers: The parent bikes in the books are non-gender specific, making the series perfect for all types of families.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matt is a father of two adopted sons. He blogs about adoption at www.fromsoftwaretosoftplay.com He came up with the idea of Olly and Lilly when many of the other books out there regarding adoption and families were pitched at too young an age for his family. He is passionate about helping children understand their feelings and emotions through play and reading. Matt was diagnosed with Myeloma bone marrow cancer www.myeloma.org.uk in 2017 and encourages everyone to register as a stem cell donor. https://www.dkms.org.uk/en/registration-donation-process-explained
Matt delivers school author days, sharing his love of storytelling with fun and animated exercises.
Matt's story was recently featured on the BBC Radio 4 programme Saturday Live - hear the clip BBC Radio 4
Matt was recently featured on EYFSHome - an online resource for children click here EYFS PAGE
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
This book is well written, enabling children, teachers, carers and parents to explore not only the subject of adoption but the emotions and feelings some children experience during their primary education. It demonstrates sibling connection, a roller-coaster of emotions and ultimately how setting your mind on a goal can help you achieve it. An invaluable PHSE resource
This is a brilliant book for helping children to understand their life story, whatever that may be. Matt’s approach, ensuring the loving parent bikes remain gender neutral, means the book appeals to all family set ups
Director of Walking Together Therapeutic Services. Certified Theraplay and DDP Practitioner
Olly and Lilly is a heart warming story about 2 children’s journey to adoption. The book provides adoptive parents with a great tool to help share and explain their child’s story with them, giving opportunities to explore themes around transitions, separations and loss
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Lucie is a freelance designer and illustrator based in the North West. Her work is always hand drawn and her playful style is always bold and brightly coloured.
Her first venture into children's books Lucie has brought to life the story of Olly and Lilly
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER
Fi & Books is a new boutique publishing company started in 2019 by Fi Woodhead (and her sister Becs) to make self-publishing easier and to help aspiring authors bring their book ideas to life... as gorgeous self-published picture books!
With a portfolio of incredible illustrators their Become-An-Author Package includes everything you need to turn your story into a book: manuscript editing, bespoke illustrations, publishing management and your first print run.
They understand that your story is YOUR project and YOUR baby – they are just there to help you press GO on your self-publishing journey!