Kate Gaynor set up Special Stories Publishing with Kieran O’Donoghue with a mission to provide high quality and child focused material that addresses the countless social and health issues that so many young Irish children face.
The books published by Special Stories are aimed at families, parents and professionals to read with a child who is facing a challenge such as asthma, fostering or childhood cancer as well as to any young child as a lesson in acceptance of disability or difference.
The objective behind the Special Stories Series was that children would no longer have to contend with leaflets and dreary booklets to help explain sensitive issues which they are growing up with. Instead they could hear the story of a child in a similar situation to their own, with language they could understand, illustrated in a vivid and colourful way.
By making Special Stories books available to schools and to the mass market, Kate and Kieran hope to encourage tolerance and acceptance for children of all ages throughout Ireland. The books are available in bookstores nationwide and through educational distributors.
In the future Special Stories Publishing hopes to further expand the series in conjunction with parents, children and professionals and give them the chance to tell their own ‘Special Story’.
Series 1 of their books address issues such as foster care, adoption, speech difficulties, childhood cancer, limited mobility, diabetes and asthma. Series 2 looks at dyslexia, autism, deafness and Down Syndrome.
Special Stories Publishing recently paired with ITV signed stories, who have created award-winning sign language apps, to provide a series of apps containing digital picture books for children.
We believe all children should understand that a difficult challenge, physical or otherwise should never prevent them from reaching their potential.
Kate Gaynor & Kieran O'Donoghue