A group of organisations, including Family Fund, have created a video, using Makaton sign language, of children’s favourite, The Snail and the Whale, written by former children's laureate Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, Stick Man and Room on the Broom.

We teamed up with charities The Makaton Charity, Wouldn’t Change a Thing, who work to change outdated perceptions of Down’s Syndrome, and Singing Hands, who make Makaton versions of songs and nursery rhymes, to create the video especially for World Book Day.

It features signing by over 30 families with disabled children, Makaton Charity ambassadors, much-loved children’s TV stars Justin Fletcher and Dave Benson Phillips, as well as staff from the organisations.

Chief Executive, Cheryl Ward said: “Family Fund is here to make a practical difference to the lives of disabled children so we’re celebrating World Book Day with something that’s accessible and fully enjoyable for all.

“Raising a disabled or seriously ill child can often mean that families need extra support. This is why we provide grants for families on low incomes for items or experiences which will help improve everyday life for them and their child, whether that’s a new bed, sensory equipment or short break.  

“We are delighted to produce this uplifting film with Makaton, Wouldn’t Change a Thing and Singing Hands and hope it brings smiles to the faces of as many children as possible.”

We'd like to say a big thank you to all the families and organisations involved for their time and enthusiasm to help make the video, and Julia Donaldson and Macmillan Publishers for giving us permission to re-tell this story for World Book Day.