Meet Gillian White, the author of Leo and the Lightning Dragons, a children’s picture book published earlier this year by Fledgling Press.
Gillian wrote the book for her son Leo who suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. All royalties are being donated to CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland), who have supported their family for the past 3 years (https://www.chas.org.uk/news-articles/a-book-for-leo-leo-and-the-lightning-dragons).
Leo and the Lightning Dragons is a beautifully illustrated book with a poignant and uplifting rhyming story, encouraging children to persevere and find strength in the face of adversity even when it seems that nothing is working.
Praise for Leo and The Lightning Dragon:
‘A beautifully written story. You can feel the love for Leo emanating from the pages. This book will not only strike a chord with so many parents but will be such a comfort to many children fighting their own dragons. Highly recommended x’
‘A truly unique story, inspired by a unique person, with wonderful message and illustrations.’
‘Leo And The Lightning Dragons by Gill White and Gilli B (Fledgling Press,£8.99) may seem like another book about knights and mythical creatures, but it tells a real world story that is a powerful reminder of the kind of battles some children face daily. Leo’s dragons are the sensory assaults he experiences every day in this groundbreaking story written by a Fife mother Gill White for her son Leo, who suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy which causes developmental delay and leads to up to 170 seizures a day. Leo is helped to fight against his terrifying dragons, which assault him sometimes like lightning flashes, by the whole community. But he also finds his own way to deal with them, in this awareness-raising tale of resilience.’ – The Herald