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Je suis fou de Vava

Je suis fou de Vava (I’m crazy about Vava) is the story of one summer in the life of Vieux Os, a ten-year-old boy from Haiti. He lives with his grandmother, loves his dog and red bicycles, rescues drowning ants, and believes the sky is blue because...

Haiti

So we hop 11,505 km (it’s a long hop) from Samoa in the South Pacific to another very different island in the Caribbean Sea: Haiti. Haiti has a rich literary history, but publishers only started taking an interest in children’s books in the late...

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Fiapule

A young Samoan boy Fiapule has been invited to his best friend’s birthday party. Then, he finds out that his sister’s christening is the same day. This picture book discusses his dilemma: should he choose his friend over his family? Fiapule is...

The Magic Seashell

Masina lives a lonely existence on a small island in the Pacific Ocean after being lost at sea in a storm. One day, she finds a special seashell that provides a connection with her former life and loved ones. The Magic Seashell is a longer picture...

Samoa

I knew very little about Samoa before I started on this picture book journey, and even less about the picture books I might find there. This small island nation is situated in the South Pacific about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand. It...

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Mina and the Birthday Dress

Mina goes shopping with her mother to buy a special outfit for her birthday. The problem is none of the dresses are quite right. Will she find something she loves for her party the next day? The storyline for Mina and the Birthday Dress couldn’t be...

Chicken in the Kitchen

A noise wakes Anyaugo and she heads to the kitchen to investigate. It’s a huge chicken about to spoil the food for the New Yam festival! Will she be able to stop it, or will she need to ask her friend the Wood Wit for help? This colourful and...

Mayowa and the Masquerades

Mayowa doesn’t want to visit his grandmother, but then he discovers the great outdoors has much to offer, especially with a new friend to show him around. Plus, it’s masquerade season! Mayowa starts this story in a sulk. He wants to play computer...

Nigeria

Publishing books in Nigeria has its challenges. There is no centralised distribution network for books, finding a reliable printer can be problematic, piracy is rife, and corruption is common as industry professionals compete to ensure their books...