A Liverpool author who has written more than 10 best-selling children’s books and inspired thousands of school pupils across the city is preparing to celebrate five years in business.
Jude Lennon, owner of Little Lamb Tales, will hold a special event at Write Blend bookshop in Waterloo, on March 2, to mark the occasion.
Starting at 1pm, the free event will include storytelling, activities and cake. The first 20 children arriving will also receive a special ‘Birthday Pack’ of goodies from Jude.
A private function will be held later the same day at All Hallows Church Hall in Mossley Hill from 6pm to thank family, friends and local businesses which have supported the growth of Little Lamb Tales over the years.
Jude said: “I’m delighted to be marking such an important business milestone with these two events.
“When I left teaching five years ago to follow my dream and set up a storytelling business I had no idea how much fun it would be. Equally, I think I totally underestimated how hard I would have to work as a small business owner.
“I love to write, be creative and share my passion for reading with children all over but that’s only half the job. I have to work pretty hard behind the scenes too and as a sole trader I’ve had to develop a vast array of new skills from sales and marketing to accounting and public relations.
“I’ve learned many of these new skills through the Bizmums Networking Group and I have been overwhelmed by the continued encouragement I’ve received from other women in business.
“My business certainly would not be what it is today without the support of this wonderful network.”
On March 6, which is the official anniversary of Little Lamb Tales, Jude will deliver a special storytelling session at Phoenix Primary School in South Liverpool.
Since establishing her business, Jude has published 13 books, including two Amazon number one bestsellers. Five of the books are part of the Little Lamb Tales series and feature the mascot Lamby.
She has delivered author visits and storytelling sessions at more than 100 schools and events across the city.
She has appeared five times at the Southport Food and Drink Festival and this continues to be one of the highlights on Jude’s storytelling calendar.
In 2018, Jude was named a Patron of Reading alongside A-list authors such as Michael Rosen and Vivian French.
In her Patron role she works with specific schools in the Liverpool and Merseyside areas to develop a range of projects aimed at improving reading and writing among pupils.
Jude is also heavily involved with the road safety campaign ‘Slow Down For Bobby’ after being commissioned to write two books in memory of schoolboy Bobby Colleran who died whilst crossing the road near his school.
Jude uses the books to deliver free road safety assemblies in school and so far she has spoken to around 100,000 pupils across the North West as part of the ongoing campaign to spread the message that ‘Road Safety is for Everyone’.
Jude said: “I feel very honoured to be involved in the ‘Slow Down For Bobby’ campaign and so far the project has had a big impact in schools.
“I’m also fortunate to have developed some great business partnerships over the last five years and to have met an incredible number of other talented authors.”
As well as running her storytelling business, Jude also works as the creative director for independent publisher Team Author UK, which provides a range of publishing services to authors.
Through this network, Jude runs writing courses and writing retreats for new and established writers.
Jude has also worked alongside a number of organisations across the city over the last five years including Entrepreneur in Residence at Liverpool Central Library, The Women’s Org and Dream High.
For more information about Jude’s books, author visits and storytelling sessions visit the website https://littlelambpublishing.co.uk/.
You can also follow Jude on Facebook @JudeLennonAuthor or on Twitter @JudeLennonBooks.