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Hi! I’m Tom of Willsow books. Some time ago I discovered you could make business cards out of seed paper and grow a flower or plant from that card, pretty cool idea right? It certainly is, but I knew there was potential for more and eventually had the idea of making a children’s book that you could plant and eventually ‘bring to life’ the main character to meet for yourself!
After sitting on the idea for some time (and after a couple of Guinness’s), I decided there was no time like the present to crack on and give it a go!
I’m part of a family printing company that has been going strong for 76 years and the 4th generation to manage the business. So with a printing background and all the facilities already in place to create a book, I felt I could turn a pipedream into a reality.
But like Batman without Robin, Tom without Jerry, or Carrots without Peas, I didn’t want to go into the world of Willsow alone. I discussed the idea with my good friend James and as soon as he saw the first draft print, he exclaimed that he wanted in!
James is from a family of gardeners and some of his favourite childhood memories are sitting in the garden with his Dad popping peas out of their pods…Or wandering around his Grandpas garden plucking blackberries and picking apples to create the world’s best fruit crumble on a Sunday. Together, we feel like we make a pretty formidable team, ready to take over the world, one seed at a time.
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We do hope you’ve grown the same excitement we have and we look forward to hearing all about your Willsow growing adventures. Let’s spread the word, #readmeseedme
We want to get books back into the hands of youngsters, get children back into the garden learning, growing and getting the chance to meet their favourite characters all at the same time. We aim to produce imagination from a story and transform it into real life.
As well as giving children the opportunity to learn, get out into the garden and read more, we’re also extremely passionate about the environment and the improvements we can make to pass on to the future generations. That’s why Willsow books are only made from 100% recycled paper, the ink is biodegradable and instead of using a toxic glue, our pages are stitched together using a recyclable polyester.
We’re both very proud to say that Willsow books are the first of its kind. Never have you ever been able to plant a children’s book and meet the main characters and at the same time learn about our environment and the potential it has! In our stories, the end is only the beginning.