BUDDING AUTHORS: Flexing their writing and illustrating skills are from left Toby Hynes, Lukas Rometsch, Annastacia Wenham and Olivia Hynes.

Fourteen school children have spent the last week of their holidays writing and illustrating a story book to help increase understanding of people living with a disability.

The budding authors, aged from eight to fourteen years, volunteered to participate in the four-day workshop run by local not-for-profit organisation, YellowBridge QLD, who provides disability support services in the Toowoomba region.

The children are creating the book with the help of award-winning children’s book publisher Emma Mactaggart from Child Writes, author Lizzie Perrignon and Toowoomba artists Tarn McLean and London Heir.

Today (Thursday 12 April), the children will complete the illustrations that will accompany their story in the published book.

The project is made possible through the We Are Queensland small grants program, which aims to build social cohesion in Queensland communities.

“The book’s storyline will aim to reinforce that everyone has worth and value no matter what their abilities or how different they are,” said Penny Hamilton, YellowBridge QLD chief executive officer.

“It will be a positive and uplifting story about everyone’s abilities rather than some people’s disabilities,” she said.

“The Toowoomba community loves a good book and because this book will be written, illustrated and produced by local young people we hope it will have great appeal amongst the wider community.”

The book will be launched during National Disability Action Week in September.

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