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A Very Birdy Weekend…

Duck_ChestThe sun came out for the first time in (what seemed like) months on Saturday so in true Lucky style we made the most of the opportunity and headed out on an adventure taking our prototype Puffin Pal puppet with us.

First stop on Saturday was the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust reserve at Slimbridge – Mandarin_Duck what an amazing place, with a brilliant balance of wild and captive birds.

The highlight had to be the massive flocks of lapwings which produced some stunning aerial displays that would challenge any starling murmuration as a spectacle.

We captured a little video of them to share with you here:

Puffin Pal also met flamingos, avocets, cranes and mandarin ducks…a wonderful day.

Sunday was also a treat for us as we were lucky enAvocetough to be invited to attend the annual reunion of the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer, a fabulous group of people dedicated to supporting and protecting the islands on which the Island Friends books are based.

Gull_In_A_RowThe Friends of Skokholm and Skomer had invited us to speak about our books and their development and it was lovely to receive so many kind words of support from them all.  You can find out more about the Friends here.

It was also great to catch up with old friends from the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales – we’re looking forward to working with them this year to develop educational materials and support the Islands…including the possibility of a book launch in the Spring…watch this space….

 

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Individual Titles

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Book 1: Welcome Home Puffin Pal
Puffin Pal and his family make the long journey back to Lucky Island after a winter at sea…but will he make it safely home? A story about imagination, perseverance and having a positive attitude.




Pal_and_the_Surprise_Party_B5_CoverBook 2: Pal and the Surprise Party
Puffin Pal helps to organise a surprise birthday party for his Auntie Pam, and learns that some things are more important than presents… A story about community, being positive, and valuing non-material things.




Pals_Journey_To_The_Centre_Of_The_Island_B5_coverBook 3 – Pal’s Journey to the Centre of the Island
Puffin Pal and his friends go on an adventure as they get lost in the maze of burrows under Lucky Island. A story about seeing possibilities, teamwork, and overcoming challenges.




Puffin Pal and the Golden FeatherBook 4: Puffin Pal and the Golden Feather
After a stormy night on Lucky Island, Puffin Pal finds a mysterious golden feather that leads him and his best friend Roy on another island adventure. A story about helping others, solving problems, and teamwork.




Puffin Pal and the Monster Next DoorBook 5: Puffin Pal and the Monster Next Door
Puffin Pal’s imagination runs wild when he sees a pair of eyes peering out at him from the burrow next to his. Could a monster have moved in next door? A story about imagination, being brave and conquering your fears.




9780992666354Book 6: Buzz Off Puffin Pal!
Puffin Pal is hungry, so he picks bunches of flowers to swap for sand eels with his friends – but the bees aren’t happy…look out Puffin Pal! A story about bouncing back after setbacks, looking after the environment and collaboration.




Our thanks go to the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales for their support in developing these books – please consider becoming a member today to help protect our precious wild places for future generations.


*For international delivery, trade orders, schools or libraries please contact us at hello@wearelucky.org.

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Island Friends Bookseller and Retailer Guide

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Welcome to the Island Friends series of children’s books for ages 2-7.  The books feature ‘Puffin Pal’ (a very little puffin with a very purple beak) and his Island Friends on a series of adventure on ‘Lucky Island’…

We believe in helping young children make their own luck in life and would love to work with retailers and organisations who share these values – so here’s our quick guide to how to become a stockist of the Island Friends series…

Why stock the Island Friends books?

  1. Because it’s risk free, with good margins. We offer a Sale or Return deal with a competitive retailer discount. See ‘The Business Stuff’ below.
  2. Because people love them (who doesn’t love puffins!?).  See ‘Who will buy them?’ below.
  3. Because the books are excellent quality, lovingly crafted, designed and printed to the highest standards here in the UK. See
    ‘What are the books like?’ below.
  4. Because you believe in protecting our natural environment and creating sustainable futures for us all. See ‘Why did we publish these books?’ below.
  5. Because you believe in working with independent authors, artists, designers and publishers – supporting the creative industries and those who set up small businesses. See ‘How did we create the books?’ below.Book_Covers

The Business Stuff

We love working with independent retailers and organisations who share the same values as us.  Our intention is to support sustainable businesses and organisations who make the world a better place.

For retailers and booksellers in Wales we have a distribution agreement with the Welsh Books Council, so if you normally purchase via them, you can order the Island Friends books on a Sale or Return basis in the normal way.

For those outside Wales and other smaller retailers we also sell direct by purchase or Sale or Return, with an agreed retailer discount on the RRP of £7.99 per title.  Some retailers choose to offer the three books as a set for a lower retail price.  We will discuss initial quantities with you and deliver the  books locally free of charge.  We will agree a timeframe for stock checks and invoice you at that time for books sold (30 day payment).

If we agree a Sale or Return approach, we retain ownership of stock, and will keep in touch with you to check on sales and work with you on promotions etc to boost sales.  Any stock damaged in the store will be charged to you at your normal discount.

For larger retailers outside Wales we will discuss terms for purchasing larger quantities, shipping and distribution on a case by case basis.

We’ll always trade honestly and fairly with you, and trust that you will do the same by us. :)

Contact Us

If you’re interested in becoming a stockist please email us (Lucy and Chris) at hello@wearelucky or send us a message via our FB page or Twitter and we’ll get back to you by phone/email as soon as we can.

Who Will Buy Them?

The books have been designed for children aged 2-7 (although we know plenty of adults who also love ‘Puffin Pal’ and his friends).  The books feature characters based on real eco-systems and are ideal for those interested in wildlife, but also for any young children whatever their background.  They make ideal gifts, and are perfect for general gift shops, children’s stores, museums and wildlife-based attractions.

Parents and teachers love the ‘enterprise eggs’ concept which encourages children to ‘make their own luck’ in life, and the books are currently being used in several primary schools.  We are also developing additional teaching resources and parent/child activities which will be  available to download from our web site.

Here are just a couple of reviews and quotes about the books (for more see our FB page):

“The Island Friends stories offer a fantastic way for very young children to learn about wildlife and our natural environment whilst also developing those enterprising skills they will need to survive and adapt in our rapidly changing world. They’ll be a great resource for educators and for parents and guardians in helping children engage with these issues from their earliest years.”
Llinos Richards, Education Officer, Natural Resources Wales.

“We think they are fantastic.”
Giselle Eagle and Richard Brown, Skokholm Island Wardens.

“In the last two weeks, Puffin Pal has suddenly become his favourite book to read at bedtime!”
Al (Dad to Connor)

Read a recent review of the books by ‘Clever Tykes’

Why did we publish these books?

We believe that if children learn to be self-starters from a young age, they’ll be better equipped to ‘make their own luck’ in life, and that nature is the best example of this spirit in action.
We couldn’t find any books for young children out there that were aimed specifically at developing enterprising mindsets and ‘self-efficacy’ from their earliest years.
We also know how amazing nature is as an example of enterprising characteristics such as innovation, creative problem solving, adaptability, overcoming adversity and sheer perseverance.
We’ve brought these together in books that are fun, vibrant and engaging for young children (ages 2 to 7), but which also have really positive messages about the environment and a ‘make your own luck’ approach to life.
The Island Friends series of books, learning materials, games and resources, are stories with a purpose. They aim to instil in very young children an independent, enterprising and adventurous spirit, whilst also helping them learn about the natural environment.

What are the books like?

Self-publishing this first print run enabled us to retain control over the quality of the materials used and make sure the books are as wonderful as we wanted them to be.

We believe strongly in hand-crafted work, and wanted to make these books as beautiful as they are engaging.  We also want to make sure they have a low impact on the environment and that they are sourced and printed locally.  All books have ISBNs and barcodes for use with EPOS systems.

The Three Hardback Books

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So, we found a wonderful, traditional print company – Gomer Press – and have worked closely with them on the specifications to ensure excellent quality, and a format that is comfortable for little hands to hold.  The hardback books are beautifully presented, and printed locally here in Wales on a lovely quality FSC approved paper stock. 

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We’ve designed these books to be read either alone or with an adult and at 32-36 pages each, they are perfect as a bedtime story that you can talk through or interact with as you progress.  They’re B5 sized (17cm high x 24.5cm wide), and the bold covers make them look great on the shelf.  We’re working on Point Of Sale material (e.g. stands, shelf-talkers, augmented reality) – and are looking for retailers who would like to give feedback on this, so please let us know if you’d be willing to help with this.

How did we create the books?

We’ve spent the last year developing the characters, stories and artwork – writing and storyboarding, hand-making each character in felt, scanning them in, and completing the illustrations on screen.

Puffin Pal…from sketch…to felt…to screen…

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The stories are located on and around an island we call ‘Lucky Island’, which is inspired by the islands off the Pembrokeshire Coast in our native Wales. So, we’ve tried to show the amazing creatures that populate these islands in the stories, which include information about the Manx Shearwaters, Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, and other wildlife in ways that will help young children appreciate the need to protect their habitats for future generations.

Watch the video to find out more about the Islands

Each animal has its own unique abilities, but above all they are adaptable and enterprising. We wanted to make our stories simple yet meaningful, and create visuals that feel accessible to children who might want to draw or make their own characters and stories.

Simple shapes and natural materials like felt are used alongside digital techniques.

Creating the characters in our ‘Ideas Room’

The chaos in our 'ideas room' before shooting our Kickstarter video

We tested a prototype edition and continued to refine the books, spending time on Skokholm island to develop the characters and do some final editing (with the help of the fab folks at the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales – particularly Skokholm wardens Rich and Giselle – check out their blog here).

Final editing of the books at the Skokholm Island Lighthouse

Chris hangs the first book out to dry at the Skokholm Lighthouse

We used the crowdfunding platform ‘Kickstarter’ to fund our initial print run and gain pre-orders for the first three books, and gained national press coverage in the process.

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You can check out the archived Kickstarter Project here.

 

 

Contact Us

If you’re interested in becoming a stockist please email us (Lucy and Chris) at hello@wearelucky or send us a message via our FB page or Twitter and we’ll get back to you by phone/email as soon as we can.

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Welcome to Island Friends!

Inspiring Kids to Make their Own Luck

We believe that if children learn to be self-starters from a young age, they’ll be better equipped to ‘make their own luck’ in life, and that nature is the best example of this spirit in action. That’s why we developed the Island Friends stories – children’s books about Puffin Pal and his Island Friends that are designed to help children learn how to make their own luck in life.

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More about the Stories…

We couldn’t find any books for young children out there that were aimed specifically at developing ‘self-efficacy’ from their earliest years.

We also know how amazing nature is as an example of characteristics such as innovation, creative problem solving, adaptability, overcoming adversity and sheer perseverance.  In developing the books we worked closely with the fabulous folks at the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, who look after the wildlife on Skomer and Skokholm Islands which inspired the stories – please support them by becoming a member today.

Book_SpinesWe’ve brought these together in books that are fun, vibrant and engaging for young children (ages 2 to 7), but which also have really positive messages about the environment and a ‘make your own luck’ approach to life.  Teachers and parents can also download free and fun activities and resources here…

The Island Friends series of books, learning materials, games and resources, are stories with a purpose. They aim to instil in very young children an independent, enterprising and adventurous spirit, whilst also helping them learn about the natural environment.

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Back Our Kickstarter Project!

island_friends_intro-01We’re very excited to announce that our Kickstarter Project for the Island Friends children’s book series is now live and accepting pledges from backers!

We’ve got loads of different backer rewards lined up, so there’s something for everyone – whatever you can afford. The limited edition first run will be printed and posted out to backers in November, so they’ll be in plenty of time to give as gifts during the holidays.

What are the books about?

They’re about a very little puffin with a very purple beak!  Well, yes they are, but they’re also about inspiring very young children to take an enterprising attitude to life, and to learn how to do this from nature.  We’re worried that the nation is developing a generation of young people who may not have the skills they need to be independent, self-starting, and adaptable in their changing environment and we wanted to do something about it.

We see nature as the ultimate entrepreneur, and have used nature as the backdrop for our stories for 2-7 year olds aimed at helping them develop enterprising mindsets from an early age.

So, if this is something you feel strongly about too, please click here to find out more and back the project today.

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Island Friends: Books to Inspire Kids to Make Their Own Luck

This is an exciting week for us here at Lucky Towers.  On Sunday 18th August our Kickstarter campaign to fund our first three ‘Island Friends’ children’s books will finally go live.

We’ve spent the last year working on the books alongside our other projects and our jobs and we’re finally ready to go to print.

The books are inspired by the We Are Lucky ethos that you ‘Do What You Love, Love What You Do, and Make Your Own Luck’, and we reckon that the earlier young people start to  believe in themselves and their ability to create happy, successful lives the better.

We also believe that nature provides some of the very best examples of this ‘enterprising’ approach to life, and believe strongly that young people benefit from learning about our natural world from a really young age – after all, they are the ones who will be the future custodians of our wildlife.

So, we’ve aimed these books at the very youngest children, and developed a series of characters based on  natural eco-systems, including our lead character ‘Puffin Pal’ (Pal is the Welsh word for Puffin).

What we need now is backing for the project to fund our first print run, and we aim to achieve this by enabling people to ‘pre-order’ copies of the books via the Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.

The project goes live on 18th August, and you’ll be able to find out all about the books, see the characters and pledge your support via the Kickstarter campaign page from that day.

Watch this space or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for notification when the project goes live.

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Quote of the Week…

Quote of the week this week is...“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Seneca

You can call it luck, but we’re firm believers that most of what we may class as a ‘lucky coincidence’ can often be traced back to something we’ve done, an opportunity we’ve been open to, or a connection we’ve made.

If you keep creating things, and keep your eyes and ears open, ‘luck’ normally occurs.

Thanks to our buddy @thelizweston  of Weston Communications for reminding us of this one…

 

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‘Island Friends’ Update

So, we’ve been quiet for a little while…well it’s the summer and the sun has been shining, and when the sun is shining we, and you, have better things to do than writing and reading blogs, right? :)

In reality we’ve been heads down and working hard to get our children’s book project ready to face the world.

In July we went to Skokholm Island for a few idyllic days staying  in the lighthouse with the fab wardens Rich and Giselle, from whom we learned a huge amount about the island wildlife, and while we were there we edited the three books we have written and illustrated.

Chris hangs the first book out to dry at the Skokholm Lighthouse

The experience we had has enabled us to add so much more detail to the books and we’re at the stage now where we’re really proud of them.

…and when you finish things, things you want people to love as much as you do, you kind of have to put them out there.  This is the scariest part…

So, this week we’ve been working on a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund our first print run, including making the video, writing the story etc. It has been a massive learning curve, but we’re almost ready to go.

The chaos in our ‘ideas room’ before shooting our Kickstarter video

Our plan is to launch it within the next week or so, and we know we’re going to need to spend the next month telling everyone about it.  For a natural introvert, this won’t come easily, so we’re going to need all the help we can get to share the link (if you’re following us on Facebook or Twitter, we apologise in advance for the forthcoming Kickstarter fever…)

Will update you next week…

Introducing: Life Design

The team at We Are Lucky believe that the choices we make in life determine how happy we are, and that happiness is equal to success.

We spent a lot of time trying to figure out our own life choices, and made a lot of mistakes along the way –  and in our jobs and social lives we have encountered hundreds of people who are struggling with the same questions.

In fact, if you scratch the surface, it seems most of us are looking for whatever ‘happy’ is for us.

Never ones to shy away from the big issues, we decided to try to work out whether there could be a simple way to approach the ‘wicked problem’ of how to have a happy life. We looked around us, asked, studied, learned, gained insights, came up with loads of ideas, tried them out, failed, adapted, refined, tried again, and again, and eventually realised that an answer lay right in front of us.

The very process we’d used to approach the problem of how to create successful happy lives, was a process that could help provide an answer to all those questions.

The process we had used was a Human-Centred Design Process.

Adapted and applied to answering the question ‘How can I create a happy and successful life for myself?’, this has become a method we call ‘Life Design’.

The Life Design process has four key steps which take you through a divergent thinking phase and a convergent thinking phase.

Step 1 Learn and Understand

First, you ‘Learn and Understand’ – this is the phase where you gather as much information as you can about yourself and the environment in which you find yourself.  You establish where you are right now.  You are reflecting on your experience, your values and the factors that have an influence on you.

Step 2 Explore and Experiment

During this stage in the process you use the insights from step 1 to enter a divergent or ‘open’ mode of thinking.  Wide ranging ideas for your future are generated without boundaries or constraints.  You try some of them out for size, explore them and find alternative routes, hybrid routes, recording an array of options and opportunities with different levels of risk and reward.

Step 3 Prepare and Launch

In phase three we start to converge your thinking. Analysing the ideas generated, examining the details around how they could be pursued.  You create three clear alternative pathways, with associated actions and evaluate them, making decisions about your next steps towards the futures you have envisioned.

Step 4 Do and Review

Finally, you start to pursue your action plans, feeding back to your peers, and with ongoing collaborative support from them.  Whenever you reach a decision-point you re-iterate the four step process to help you make the choices which will move you forward.  You can use the same cycle throughout your life, whenever you need to.

Simple eh? Well, maybe not that simple to just implement by yourself…and that’s why we’ve developed a series of workshops which guide participants through the process of designing their life.

Life Design Workshops

Life Design Workshops take you through the iterative process of designing your life, that’s designing a life for today, and learning how to adapt and redesign your life whenever you need to.  It’s an intense experience, but it’s our goal to give you a set of tools you can use that will enable you to create a better future for yourself.

Contact us at hello@wearelucky.org if you, your organisation or group is interested in participating in a workshop.

 

Watch This! Start Up Kids

If you’ve ever thought of starting your own business, but thought you were too young, too old, didn’t know enough, or just didn’t have time, this is essential viewing.

Candid, open interviews with the founders and funders of some of the most successful (and unsuccessful) tech start-ups of recent years (think Vimeo, Dropbox, Soundcloud and more), this documentary takes a look at what it’ really like to build a tech company from scratch – with all the ups, downs and not quite sure which way is up moments.

Check out the Trailer below, then rent from iTunes here.

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