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The Lost Words Book Donation Project 2020
To celebrate 30 years of its founding, the trustees of The Peel Bank Woodland and Conservation Trust are launching an exciting project to donate one of the most important illustrated books and Sunday Times Best Seller, The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, to all primary schools in the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn areas.
Described by Chris Packham as ‘a cultural phenomenon’ and ‘a revolution’, The Lost Words has triggered an astonishing volume of conversation, creativity and action. Most striking perhaps has been the extent of active responses. Reading a book is generally a passive exercise, but The Lost Words has stimulated reading (collectively, aloud) and writing, drawing and discussion, and spanned school subject areas including art, English and literacy, geography, science, numeracy, field study trips, outdoor learning, citizenship, ICT, jewellery design…
The Lost Words Book by Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane, has sold over 200,000 copies and is an international success translated into many languages. The book’s origins – a direct reaction to nature words dropping out of the Oxford Junior Dictionary due to their lack of use by children. “Robert Macfarlane and I tentatively began a working relationship around the re-wilding of language” says Jackie. “It’s a heart song from us both.
Described as ‘a beautiful protest’, the book has stimulated a huge response with Crowdfunding campaigns across the country raising money for the books to go into schools, hospices, care homes and many other public environments. The first and most notable Crowdfunding campaign raised over £25,000 to place the book in 2681 schools in Scotland.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE CILIP KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL 2019
WINNER OF THE BEAUTIFUL BOOK AWARD 2017
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITING 2018
OVER 200,000 BOOK SALES
'The most beautiful and thought-provoking book I've read this year' Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Observer
'Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic of language - and its scope' Jeanette Winterson, Guardian
'Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris have made a thing of astonishing beauty' Alex Preston, Observer
'My top book of the year' Susan Hill, Spectator