The fabulous storybook What the Jackdaw Saw is now available to purchase in bookshops, supermarkets and online!
On 26th March 2012 20 deaf young people had a unique opportunity to spend a day with Julia Donaldson, Children’s Laureate 2011 – 2013, as part of her Laureate project commitments to explore and develop stories for deaf children. In a workshop organised by Life & Deaf, the students worked with Julia to create a new children’s book featuring deaf, signing characters entitled What the Jackdaw Saw. This was a project particularly close to Julia’s heart, as she has a hearing loss herself and is fascinated by sign language.
Three years later, the ideas formed in the workshop have been brought to life with the help of Nick Sharratt’s bright and accessible illustrations. This brilliant book about sign language, acceptance and friendship, featuring Julia Donaldson’s famously wonderful rhymes and a catchy chorus, is a celebration of Julia’s Laureateship and the fantastic collaborations with Nick Sharratt and with Life & Deaf.
What the Jackdaw Saw was published on 7th May 2015 and is now widely available in shops and online. Check out the latest edition which includes an audio book read by Justin Fletcher and a version of the story in BSL, signed by Rachel Wilkins!