Monday’s Ball, by author and illustrator Segun O. Mosuro tells the story of a boy who loved to play football but was always left out by his peers because he wasn’t considered good enough. His quest to buy a ball to practice the sport sends him on a thrilling adventure he would never forget.
A diverse work, Monday’s Ball exposes children to cultures underrepresented in classic children’s books. Monday’s Ball is set in Nigeria and features African characters and fish found in the Lagos Lagoon and Gulf of Guinea. Encouraging conversations about culture, and the exploration of new ones, Monday’s Ball is a valuable cultural tool that exposes children to diversity and traditions that may be unfamiliar in their day-to-day lives.
“It is becoming more and more important for all kids to see positive representations of themselves in the books they read.
I wanted to paint a picture of life on Lagos Lagoon and the people that live there. Hopefully, children around the world will be able to relate to Monday and his friends,” said Segun O. Mosuro.
Christian Elongué is the author of “Introduction to Children Literature in Cameroon” (2019) and researcher on children and young adult literature. Dismayed by a lack of black characters in books available to African children, Elongué founded Muna Kalati in 2017 with the goal of building international recognition for African children’s book authors and increasing access to African children literature. Muna Kalati, was founded at a time when African children’s books were poorly promoted, and African authors and illustrators were virtually unknown. In 2018, they started publishing Muna Kalati magazine, which is becoming a reference for writers, publishers and illustrators of children’s and Young Adult books, as well as librarians, teachers, editors and parents. Lifelong learner, he holds a postgraduate certificate on children literature (University of Liège, France) and 3 master’s degree