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A group of students have written two new fairytales... and EVERYONE should read them

Books are a great way to introduce kids to new words, relax before bedtime or even keep them entertained on long car journeys.

They are also a good way to help our little ones feel accepted – and be more accepting.

Which is exactly what TY students from St. Joseph's College in Lucan are hoping to achieve with their two new fairytales: Wonder Wheels and Anna's Amazing Aura

Believing that kids with disabilities and special needs are under-represented in children's literature, the group of students set up a business called No Limits as part of their Student Enterprise Award.

Hoping to improve equality in this area, Aoife Dardis, Katie Grogan, Caoimhe Currie and Sarah Robinson wrote two books, one of which features a superhero called Sam who is in a wheelchair, and the other sees a mermaid called Anna deal with her epilepsy.

"Our plan is to write a third book which will feature twins with Down Syndrome as the main characters," the students told MagicMum.

"We will also be giving 20 percent of the price of each of those books to the Down Syndrome Ireland Centre when it's complete."

The pupils from St. Joseph's College recently won the Regional Finals of the Student Enterprise Awards and will be representing South Dublin in the National Finals on May 3rd.

They also competed in the Griffith College National Enterprise Finals.

As part of their project, 20 percent of profits from Wonder Wheels will go to the Irish Wheelchair Association, while 20 percent of Anna's Amazing Aura will go to Epilepsy Ireland. 

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