UTV Ireland’s Alison Comyn officially launches new children’s book for Concern Worldwide #SomeoneLikeMe

UTV Ireland’s Alison Comyn officially launches new children’s book for Concern Worldwide #SomeoneLikeMe

01 June 2016

To mark International Children’s Day, we launch “Someone Like Me”, aimed at exploring diversity through the lives of children affected by war, natural disasters and extreme poverty.

Caption: Someone Like Me cover image. Illustrated by Margaux Carpentier.

Someone Like Me follows the lives of eight remarkable children; Ramon, Mariam, Ahmed, Paul, Aisha, Samuel, Grace and Lucia, who have all faced difficult challenges by virtue of where they are born.

Through colourful illustrations and easy-to-read language, young readers are taken on a diverse journey to countries like Somalia, Bangladesh and Lebanon, where they learn about each child’s struggle, bravery, resilience and dreams for the future.

The book will be officially launched tonight by UTV Ireland news anchor Alison Comyn at a special event to mark Children’s Day at Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices.

About the launch, Alison Comyn said:  

As a mum of two, and a journalist, any book that informs children about diversity and world issues gets my seal of approval.

I would love to see Someone Like Me in every school and library. It gives everyone an identity and shows no matter, where you are in the world, you are special.

Aimed at 8 to 12-year-olds, Someone Like Me informs children in Ireland about diversity and world development issues in a way they can understand.

After reading the book, they will also learn that although their lives are different to these children, their feelings, hopes and aspirations are very much the same.

Head of Active Citizenship for Concern Michael Doorly, who spearheaded the project, said:

This is a book about children – for children. Children who love their Xbox, love to swim and play football. Sadly though, it is a book that is grounded in the reality and hardship of far too many children in the world today.

It also informs children about the work of aid agencies like Concern, which, has operations in all of the featured countries, and how it offers a helping hand to those less fortunate than themselves.

Author Fionnagh Nally, who is former schools programmes officer at Concern added:

This book was developed to help children to think about the wider world and the role of global development in an accessible way. I hope that children will be able to relate on some level to the accounts of other children in our global neighbourhood.

Someone Like Me is aimed at parents, teachers and education professionals, who are keen on informing children about diversity.

It is now available to pre-order at €10 (inc p&p).

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Someone Like Me cover image. Illustrated by Margaux Carpentier.

UTV Ireland’s Alison Comyn officially launches new children’s book for Concern Worldwide #SomeoneLikeMe

To mark International Children’s Day, we launch “Someone Like Me”, aimed at exploring diversity through the lives of children affected by war, natural disasters and extreme poverty.