Coronet is publishing an "honest and practical" guide to educating your children at home by Nadia Sawalha of "Loose Women" and her husband Mark Adderley.
Hannah Black, publisher of Coronet, acquired UK and British Commonwealth rights to Honey, I Homeschooled the Kids from Megan Staunton at Gleam Titles. The book will be out in September 2020.
Drawing on the authors' own experience, having removed their two children from mainstream school five years ago, the title "will share obstacles, insights and resources that all parents can learn from, whether they’re looking for help in supporting their child at school or if they have decided that they would benefit more from being homeschooled".
It is considered particularly timely as many parents are having to adopt roles also as teachers in the context of lockdown and as statistics show that the number of homeschooled children in the UK has increased by 40% over the last three years and the rate is steadily increasing.
Sawalha, Adderley and their two children, now 17 and 12, have "taken the online world by storm through their ever-growing YouTube and Instagram platforms," the publisher said.
Sawalha and Adderley said: "We are thrilled to be joining forces with Coronet to publish our first book together. As most people know, we’ve been home educating our daughters for many years now and have certainly had our challenges along the way. We hope that by sharing our personal experiences—the highs and lows—we can help other parents through the difficulties that they may be facing. Now more than ever we feel a “real” guide to educating children at home is so important and we hope that our honest and witty tone can help families with their journey nationwide."
Black said: "Nadia and Mark are a brilliant force for good, bringing their energy, enthusiasm and openness to what is becoming an ever more relevant aspect of our lives. With humour and frankness they share the challenges and rewards of their home school experiences, and ask us to question what “success” really means when it comes to our children’s education. A timely book by a powerhouse team."