Teaching our children to care through sharing stories

It all began with babies, exclusion and worst of all bullying. Subconsciously vanquishing her bullies, Josie Dom wrote a tale of defeating a bully, who then learns to make friends and gets a second chance.

Since then, Josie and Lum have gone on to have more adventures, creating colourful books with engaging stories encouraging friendship and caring in each new generation.​

Teaching our children to care starts with us parents.  I hope my actions fundraising for good causes helps children look around them and find their passions, which they go on to support.

Josie has now published her 3rd book: Animalympics – all about the animal kingdom competing when the Olympics and Paralympics were cancelled.

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Lum by Josie Dom

Lum

Josie’s first book, Lum, came from her imagination one day in response to her children’s antics combined with a nasty period of bullying.  Having been the target of bullies both in childhood and as an adult, it is very important to Josie that young children learn what bullying is, how to be kind and avoid both being bullied and being a bully. Could we stamp out bullying if children are taught to be thoughtful towards others from a young age?  Josie certainly hopes so.  Start sharing Lum’s message with your children today.

Lum’s Mum

Two years after Lum was published, Josie followed it up with her second book, Lum’s Mum.  This time, Lum is missing his Mum and with the help of his friends he gets the hug he craves.  Find out about Lum’s adventures on the way.

What a super story, my girls loved hearing about Lum and they fought over who was going to cuddle Lum during the story!

Lovely book, fab illustrations and a fantastic message. Thanks so much Josie xxx

Jenny Cole

Woodpecker Will encouraging other animals to participate in races

Animalympics

In 2021, Josie published Animalympics. A 52-page hardback book telling the story of what happened when the human ‘Lympics were cancelled and the animal kingdom competed instead. Told in a fun rhyming story, you’ll love finding out which animals enjoy our sports and how they get on.

Inspired by the pandemic, lockdowns and her own daughter the story soon took on a life of its own.

Before the story became a book, Josie used it as a fundraiser for zoos across the UK.

Animalympics book

WOW!
My book just arrived and it’s stunning. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written.
We LOVE the rhyming. My kids love this book and I know it will be treasured forever along with their own memories of the real Olympics!
This book is perfect for any child who loves animals, sports and beautiful stories.

Kamilah McDonald

Josie Dom during a school visit

Author Visits & Workshops

Josie would love to visit your school or children’s group to share her love of stories.

Josie’s poem Shy Sherona & Bold Bill will give you an inkling of what an Author Visit entails. As well as author visits to share Lum, Josie also has visit plans for Lum’s Mum; games for Animalympics; poetry workshops centred around Animalympics and Imagination & Creation (storytelling) Workshops to encourage children to access their own imaginations to create their own stories.

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Josie brought lots of stimulating, creative objects to inspire the children’s storytelling. 

The children thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.

Kellie Evans, The Lantern Community Primary School, Ely

Kindness in
Action

Josie never writes a story with a theme in mind, but on reflection, most of her picture book stories are about friendship and kindness. With this in mind, Josie has committed to donating 15% of profit from books to charitable causes. You can read more about Josie’s work here.

What’s next?

Never a dull moment in Josie’s imagination! Josie would love to do nothing more than come up with new stories and spend time writing them! However, there is so much more to being a children’s author. 

To be kept up-to-date with book, event, competition and general author news, please sign up for Josie’s newsletter here. You’ll also receive the occasional marketing message.