Joyce Dunbar and Jane Ray have collaborated on Moonbird, a picture book about a child born in a bubble who cannot hear or speak, to be published by Doubleday in July. Pippa Goodhart is working on a picture book for Egmont which includes disability in a story of a child lost in a department store.
Jackie Gay has already published Wist (Tindal Street Press). This story of travels, friendship, sisterhood and relationships also considers the physical and emotional effects of a missing limb. It was published for adults but will appeal to older teenagers. And look out for The Forbidden Room by Sarah Wray (Faber, September 2006). This first-time novel, an exciting mystery for 10-plus readers, also offers disability awareness and romance.
For Alex Strick, who will report on the research in April, the all-time favourite for portrayal of disability in picture books is Michael Foreman's The Seal Surfer (Andersen Press). To keep in touch with the Quentin Blake Award project, email AJStrick@aol.com.