Over the last two decades many people have been involved in inspiring, supporting, promoting, and practically managing the development of the Diamond Books Reading Project. Below is a list of some of the main people who have contributed to the work.
Visionary and Main Author of Diamond Books
Carole is the visionary at the heart of the Diamond Books Reading Project who has pioneered and persevered with the work for over 25 years. She is the main writer of all the books and lives in the Wirral (Merseyside). Carole has had considerable experience teaching remedial reading to 7-13 year olds in various schools in the West Midlands, and, prior to that, working with 4-7 year olds near Kidderminster in Hereford and Worcester. Although retired, her work with young children in particular has been very extensive both in the Midlands, London, and North-West England. Carole has dedicated ‘The Jesus Series’ to her late husband, Mike, who graciously accommodated this project in their home for many years!
Illustrator of the ‘The Creation Series’ (Set A)
A very popular freelance illustrator who qualified with a Graphic Design Degree (specialising in illustrations) at John Moores University, Liverpool. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, Kai. Sharon was the sole illustrator of the ‘The Creation Series’ (Set A), and has gone on to illustrate many other books including the amusing “A Day with the Animal Doctors“, which has been an international hit.
Co-author 'The Jesus Series' (Set B)
Co-wrote Set B, books 9-16. She is from Essex and pioneered Immanuel School, Romford as well as leading the Christian Schools’ Trust for a number of years.
Illustrator of the ‘The Jesus Series’ (Set B)
Working for Westbow Press, Floyd is the illustrator of the ‘The Jesus Series’ (Set B).
A retired teacher who specialised in music, and lives near Nottingham with her husband, Frank. Judith is the composer and compiler of the Creation CD and the Creation Songbook (Set A).
Early years professional and trained teacher
With many years teaching experience, Liz is now involved with administration, writing and honing of books for the Diamonds Books Reading Project as well as the trialling of them with children in schools and Sunday schools.
Former Head Teacher of The School of the Lion, the Christian independent school that was based in Gloucester, now involved in website development and promotion. Nigel lives in Gloucestershire with his wife, Helen, and has been a faithful support and a particular help with the promotion of the project over many years. Nigel’s son, Tim, set-up the first Diamond Books website in 2004. Helen is helping with the development of the artwork.
With a background in Print & IT and with a strong faith in God, Carl was called to mobilise prayer in year 2000, with the ‘Million Hours of Prayer for Wales’ campaign. Over 10 million hours of prayer was registered and Carl quickly found himself working with broadcasters and media outlets around the world. United Christian Broadcasters in the UK, asked Carl to head up prayer and shortly after his appointment, they asked him to run their Ministry Department and Carl eventually took the role of Operations Director for UCB the UK’s largest Christian Media Organisation. Carl has recently left to start up a ministry to focus on winning people to Jesus. Reach100m.com is working to see 100 million people come to Christ. Passionate about helping everyone connect to Jesus, Carl values his role in being able to help share the Gospel with Children at a young age through Diamond Books.
Teachers from several schools have helped with trialling dummy books, practical support and finances from time to time. These schools include, The Christian Fellowship School, Liverpool (Merseyside), Immanuel School in Romford, (Essex) The Bradford Christian School (Yorkshire), The Holy Spirit Catholic Church of England Primary School at Leasowe and St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School in Bebington (Wirral, Merseyside), and The Cedar School in Rochester (Kent).
Various intercessors from more than one country are regularly praying for the Diamond Books Reading Project.
Thanks are also due to many other people including all the teams at WestBow Press, Christian Focus Publications, and CPO who have managed the publishing process as well as Carole’s mum (Pat) and brother (Mark) who released finances which were significant in initiating the publishing process.
The most thanks go to Almighty God who has called, inspired, equipped, provided and been so faithful throughout.