About the Book
This unique children’s picture book was created by climbers, for climbers and anyone in between, to encourage children in the adventurous sport that is Climbing. The book follows Sophie, an adventurous six year old girl who loves animals and wishes she could climb like they do. It describes the basic movements used in climbing using rhyme and colorful imagery that will help spark any child’s imagination to help them easily understand and remember the basic elements of climbing. Not a climber or don’t have kids of your own? No worries, this book can be shared with any young child; sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren, friends children etc. This book was designed in a way that simplifies climbing down to it’s fundamentals by using a fun and engaging narrative that appeals to a younger audience, yet doesn’t compromise on the technical aspects of climbing. Most importantly the book does not require you to be a climbing enthusiast to understand it and can be read by a novice to a novice.
Climbing is for everyone, it is a really unique, exhilarating and adventurous sport. As a female climber and one of few in my area, I feel that it’s important to introduce more diversity in climbing and by having two female leading characters in the book I wanted to encourage this concept of diversity and belonging in children from a young age. This book is supported by Irelands local climbing body Mountaineering Ireland as well as by various climbing instructors and coaches.
The book first went live in November 2020 via KickStarter with amazing responses to the first edition prints. This book is a teaching aid for children regarding the basic climbing movements you need to know to start your climbing journey, whether its indoor or outdoor, bouldering or climbing, these are you fundamentals.
KEVIN KILROY, 2021
''This wonderfully illustrated book takes the topic of introducing young people to sport and applies a unique approach which is highly relatable and effective for both young people and parents.''
About the Author
Hi, my name is Ciéra, I am a 30 something year from old Northern Ireland. I am a Project Manager by day, author and illustrator of children's picture books by night. As well as being creative, I am also an outdoor explorer, climber and adventurist on the weekends. Since I was first introduced to climbing a few years ago, I have become obsessed and the sport is now a huge part of my life. I only wish I had discovered it sooner.
I am committed to encouraging diversity and creating a sense of belonging from a young age within the sport of climbing. I am heavily involved at my local climbing gym, Gilford Climbing Club and I am passionate about coaching and teaching others about the sport of climbing. I implore you all to instill curiosity and adventure within the lives of the children and adults around you and remember, climbing is for everyone.
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