My second children’s book – I can still play football

The aim of my book is to help children like Abu the character in my book to get greater self-esteem and confidence and identify with characters that “look like me” and open them to a  world of possibilities.

This is my second book in my “I Can” series of books and is aimed at children aged 5-8 years old.  I am inspired to write the book to help raise funds for a charity Melqosh Mission and it’s founder Faith Okrafo-Smartwho over the last ten years has dedicated her time, energy and effort to give hope to those who have been affected by the war in Sierra Leone, espcially those whose legs, arms and lims where amputated.

 

The book is about a young boy Abu  who thought he would never be able to play football again with his friends. This was his favourite sport until a car accident crushed his leg. Unfortunately, part of the leg had to be removed. His biggest journey was learning to get along without his leg- he used crutches to help him walk again and that was alright. But he really wanted to play football with his friends again.

 

 

You can pre pre-order the book which costs £4.99 and some of the proceeds will be going to help the charity Melqosh Mission and my Confident Children holiday and half term project.

Just email me  genny@confidentqueen.co.uk books available from 9th April

 

USEFUL LINKS

“When he’s out there he’s not a child with a disability – he’s just a kid playing footy”  Perth father of two Rob Geersen  Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3146725/When-s-s-not-child-disability-s-just-kid-playing-footy-Australia-s-AFL-team-children-special-needs-sees-play-alongside-peers.html#ixzz5A2hrhGCq

 

http://www.disabilityfootball.co.uk/Amputee.html

 

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World Book Day with Confident Queen

On world book day, I personally feel children should dress up  as character that reflect our diverse community, and we can do that by also making sure the books children read reflect this. Raising my children I remember one of my son’s coming home one day from primary school upset because he had dressed up as a character from one of the books, and a few of the children had laughed at him and said to him that he could not be the character because he was black. I must admit I was quite upset and decided to do something about it through my book and researching more about it.

 Useful articles

https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/feb/27/world-book-day-dress-up-children-of-colour

Confident Queen – Confidence Builder

I created my personna Confident Queen as a modern day superhero, who helps children and adults to build their self esteem and confidence.

I was then inspired to include Confident Queen in my  first Children’s Book  “I can blow up a balloon with the aim of using the story to teaching children aged 5-7 how to be confident and not give up when trying to do things.

Confident Queen’s outfit

I can blow up a ballon book

The Story is about a young boy who could not blow a balloon and how Confident Queen teaches and equip him with a special Gift of Confidence box which has special things he uses to help him feel more confident to blow the balloon.

Confident Queen on world book day.

For world book day i encouage children to dress up with some of the Confident Queen accesories and sing and dance to the fun confidence song I wrote.

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About world book day

This is the 21st year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 1st March 2018, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. http://www.worldbookday.com/about/

 

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Story Telling with Confident Queen #BlackHistoryMonth

Confident Queen #Storytelling news http://www.leighacademiestrust.org.uk/2016/12/02/inspirational-story-teller-genny-jones-visits-molehill-primary-academy/

 

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#BacktoSchool #FeelConfident

Here is my simple Confidence song to help especially children to feel more confident. You can print it and write your child’s name on it as well as using it as a wa of discussing about being confident.

You can also get them to create their own confidence poster which they can put somewhere thay can see  every day, so that it can help them at times when they are not feeling so confident.

Please feel free to email  me if you would need me to coach your child to be more confident genny@confidentqueen.co.uk

 

 

Summer Activities for children #Northfleet #kent

 

Please book your spaces asap!

When Dad can’t even afford to buy you an Ice Cream!

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A while back ago, I was speaking to my friend about life in general and some of the challenges we have faced and the lessons learnt. My friend Sam then said to me that one of the most challenging times was when at the age 0f 45 he lost his job, and he then decided to set up his own business which despite all his experiences and plans for the business to be a success, the business was a disaster which also left him with huge debts that he could not handle. That and so many other challenges lead to him leaving his wife and two children as he felt he could not be the father and husband he had been when he had a job.

 

Sam said that one of the things he continued to do was to take the children to spend some time with him when he could.

 

On a lovely sunny Saturday he took both children to the park, and they where all having fun just playing about. All of a sudden they could hear the sound of the Ice Cream van, and saw some of the children and the parents running to get some ice cream.   The two children looked at him excitedly as they too wanted an ice cream, Sam felt sad as he remembered he had no money to buy the ice cream. He told the kids that he was sorry but he had no money to get them the ice cream.

 

One of the children started to cry and shout as all he wanted was the ice cream. Getting a bit embarrassed as people started to look at them, Sam then took his son up so that they could get into his car and go back home. In the car the children where crying and one even said to him “ I hate you dad, why cant you get me an ice cream”? Sam wanted to cry, but just drove the children back to their mother.   Sam then drove off a few yards and just started to cry as he felt useless and hopeless that he could not even afford to buy an Ice Cream for his two children.

 

As Sam recalled this incident to me he started to cry and I could only but hug him and say “ Yes it must have been bad, but look at you five years on, things have changed for the better, and you can now buy your children an Ice Cream”,

 

WHY I WANT  TO NOW HAVE AN ICE CREAM VAN

Since then, one of my aim is to get an Ice Cream Van so that during the summer months I can drive around especially to deprive areas to deliver free Ice Cream and Gift of smile boxes to cheer people up!

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I loved being part of this #charity music video

Thanks to the wonderful Steve Carley of the Beat Project for working with me and the wonderful Labelle dancers to produce this video to raise funds for the work of the Beat Charity to help vulnerable children in Kent.

Check out The Beat Charity Website to support, donate and download song https://sites.google.com/a/thebeatproject.org.uk/the-beat-project/home-1

I originally wrote this song in 2009, then performed it during my audition for Britain’s Got Talent in April 2012. Hope you enjoy it!

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