Creating a children’s workbook

The Mulberry Bush Organisation

The client
We have been working with our client, The Mulberry Bush Organisation (MBO), for some time. The Mulberry Bush School, part of the MBO, receives children into its care who have been referred by local authorities because they have suffered some form of trauma.

The work we undertake for MBO is challenging and rewarding: we help the team to communicate sometimes quite complex messages about their work to the outside world, as well as helping to communicate with the children in their care, some of whom, because of their early experiences, are less receptive to the outside world.

The brief
MBO asked us to design and illustrate a workbook for the children who are referred to The Mulberry Bush School. The purpose of the which was to help children to write about their thoughts, feelings and experiences from when they first arrive at the school, to help make their transition into the school environment as smooth as possible.

Project requirements
As with all of the child-facing work we carry out for The Mulberry Bush School, the workbook had to be inviting, clear and engaging.

What we delivered
We developed a suite of colourful origami-style animal characters for use throughout the workbook in the hope that they would provide interest and reassurance for the children. The book blends work, by asking the children questions about their feelings, with images of the animals that they can colour in themselves.

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