Shooting Stars is a story about girls supporting each other to participate in sports. A group of girls overcome their feelings of shame for wanting to play volleyball. They are helped by a professional volleyball player who inspires the girls and the school community. The girls learn that through sport they can develop their self-confidence and life skills – as well as having a lot of fun together!
This storybook features characters from other Children for Health storybooks. It is aimed at children aged 9-14 and is for children of this age to read to younger children.
In the back of the storybook there is an activity section with lots of questions and fun activities for teachers and older children to use.
Shooting Stars was commissioned by Worldreader as part of a series of stories to promote girls in sport. We worked with Worldreader and their partners in Ghana and Kenya on the themes of this story.
During the development of this book it was of special interest to us to learn that volleyball is the most popular team sport for girls in many African countries. We also learnt that adolescent girls often stop playing sport as they do not have the funds to purchase a comfortable and supportive bra. The book includes an activity to help girls help each other identify the right size and find ways to swap, share or purchase bras.