More than 30 children and their parents gathered for a reading of Fixer Aadam Elahi’s book ‘Itchy Witchy’ at the Waltham Forest Libraries last weekend.
The 16-year-old from Leytonstone, London presented his book during two storytelling sessions, which were held at the Walthamstow and Wood Street Libraries on Saturday 10th August.
‘The event was great!’ says Aadam.
‘Reading to the children was fairly nerve racking at first, but by the second read I was a lot more confident. The group of children seemed to thoroughly enjoy listening and taking part, which was wonderful.
‘Also, a lot of adults who have eczema were really pleased, saying they could relate to the scenarios in the story.’
The book, which was written by Aadam and illustrated by artist Kate Harrison, is loosely based on the Fixer’s own experiences with the skin condition. (Click here to read more)
The children, aged 2 to 10, each received a copy of ‘Itchy Witchy’, and were encouraged to share and read the book at their schools. They also had a craft session creating 'Itchy Witchy' puppets following the book reading.
Aadam hopes to hold similar story sessions at schools and hospitals in the area in the future.
‘I hope the book and my Fixers campaign will help get the condition of eczema the awareness it needs, so those without skin conditions have a better understanding of what it’s like to have one and those with conditions like eczema have a fictional character to relate to.’
Scroll down to see some photos from the event.
The group of children listening to Aadam read his book 'Itchy Witchy'
The craft session following the book reading at the library
Aadam signing his book for the children at the event
A young participant with his 'Itchy Witchy' puppet
A young participant holding her 'Itchy Witchy' puppet