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Whoo-loves a good book?: Learning Pool releases children’s book in aid of Make-A-Wish

Learning Pool has released a children’s book in support of global charity, Make-A-Wish International.


Learning Pool is thrilled to announce the release of a children’s book: Tall Tales Short Stories. The book is the product of a global story competition and all royalties on the sale of the book (estimated between 20-34% of the sale price) will be donated to Make-A-Wish International, a global charity that creates life-changing wishes for critically ill children.

Just a few months ago, aspiring writers, aged between 7 and 12 years old, were invited to use their imagination to submit a story about a mythical creature. And they did not disappoint! With over 250 entries from all over the world, choosing the ten winners that feature in this book was not easy.

“We were truly blown away by the quality of the stories sent to us and picking the winners was extremely difficult for our judging panel.” Lisa McGeady, Senior Learning Designer at Learning Pool.

The shortlisted stories were presented to a trio of brilliant children’s authors: L.D. Lapinski (The Strangeworlds Travel Agency), Maria Kuzniar (The Ship of Shadows) and Darren Simpson (Scavengers), who selected their very favorites and helped to decide on an overall winner for each age-group category: 7-9 and 10-12.

On World Wish Day (29th April), a day celebrating the wish which inspired the global wish granting organization, Learning Pool wanted to play its part in making a child’s wish come true.

The anthology features a bonus story by a child personally supported by Make-A-Wish Denmark. 11-year-old, Saga from Denmark, says she often feels as clumsy as her protagonist – the eight-legged horse Sleipner from Norse mythology. Saga has contracted the disorder ataxia following a brain hemorrhage.

“We are very proud to be able to grant Saga’s wish to become a writer and so happy that she is featured in this book. Tall Tales Short Stories celebrates the shining stars all around us – children helping children. We believe that a wish-come-true empowers and transforms the lives of anyone who plays a part. Our belief in the power and impact of a wish is what guides us and inspires us to grant the wish of every eligible child.” Luciano Manzo, Make-A-Wish International President and CEO.

Tall Tales Short Stories has been edited and illustrated by the talented team of Learning and Graphic Designers at Learning Pool, each story in the collection having been paired with its own eye-popping artwork. You can order your copy here.

With its stories of sea-dragons, werewolves, unicorns, wood spirits, and… gnomes, it’s the perfect gift for anyone who likes a tall tale. And best of all, it’s all for a good cause.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Founded in 1980, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization and has granted more than 520,000 wishes in nearly 50 countries worldwide.

Together with generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 32,000 volunteers around the globe, Make-A-Wish delivers hope and joy to children and their families when they need it most. Make-A-Wish aims to bring the power of wishing to every child with a critical illness because wish experiences can help improve emotional and physical health. For more information about Make-A-Wish International, visit

About Learning Pool 

Learning Pool empowers workplaces to deliver exceptional learning outcomes with its comprehensive suite of innovative technologies. Supporting the evolving vision of more than 1,200 businesses investing in learning experiences for over 5 million global learners, Learning Pool’s suite provides everything needed to build, manage, and deliver workplace learning.

The company offers an unparalleled customer experience, delivered by more than 300 expert colleagues based in the UK and USA, working to bring each customer’s specific vision for learning and development to life.

In the last year, it has featured on 17 eLearning Industry lists for excellence in its field, received Gold at the 2021 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards, for Best Advance in Learning Technology Implementation, and double Gold in the Stevie Awards for Outstanding Customer Service. 

Recognized as a Strategic Leader in the Fosway 9-Grid for Digital Learning, wherever you find ambitious workplaces investing in their people, you’ll find Learning Pool.

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