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Posted by Nosy Crow, April 28, 2020

A message from Mouse and Bear, by Ross Collins

There’s A Bear On My Chair creator Ross Collins has created this illustration, featuring the two heroes of his award-winning picture book, to say thank you to the NHS – and to encourage everyone to practise social distancing. Here’s a few words from Ross on the inspiration behind this piece.

Since the virus arrived I’ve been inspired by all the teachers, librarians and carers who have contacted me asking if they could read my books remotely to their children. They are doing wonderful work keeping people connected and bringing much needed stories into kid’s lives in such strange times.

I wanted to say thank you to them and to our amazing NHS and thought who better to display the two metre rule than Bear and Mouse, who have always been more than happy to keep their distance from each other!

Take care of each other.

Ross Collins

Thank you, Ross! If you’ve not yet discovered There’s A Bear On My Chair – winner of a UKLA Book Award and the inaugural recipient of the Amnesty CILIP honour – you can take a look inside the book below.

Buy the book online from Waterstones.