African Books Collective, the only one-stop-shop for over 3000 books published in Africa

African Books Collective (ABC) is a not-for-profit cultural organization that markets and distributes African books, African writers, and African scholarship in the North and Africa. They are strengthening indigenous African publishing through collective action and have increased the visibility and accessibility of the wealth of African scholarship and culture. Muna Kalati had the privilege of exchanging […]

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“  Children’s literature is increasingly free from taboos – Andrea LIAO, Founder of Book the Future”

“Unhappy families move me the most“. Thoughts of Andrea LIAO, President & Founder of Book the Future“. All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” (Tolstoy). Muna Kalati [MK]: What books did you like to read as a child? Do you think they are also interesting and understandable for […]

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« A child who reads and writes regularly will most likely be more confident, think faster and express themselves better. » Simpson Muhwezi a storyteller and literacy educator from Uganda.

Mr. Simpson Muhwezi is the Founder and Creative Director of Wandiika Literacy Initiative, a social enterprise whose mission is to use story-writing to help children develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills; the skills he strongly believes are vital not only for their academic performance but also their survival and prosperity in the 21st […]

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Nsah Mala andolo

“There are almost no political institutions which seriously engage with promoting children’s literature in Cameroon” – Interview with Nsah Mala

Nsah Mala is a Cameroonian poet, writer and children’s author of 2 fantastic, illustrated books which have been well acclaimed for their unique angle and the colorful and beautiful pictures they contain. Muna Kalati had the opportunity to interview him to know more about his journey as an author, his experiences, challenges, and vision of the children’s book industry in Cameroon.

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Muna Kalati Vivian Yenika Agbaw

Raising awareness about the misrepresentation of people of color in children literature – Vivian Yenika-Agbaw

Vivian Yenika-Agbaw is a professor of literature and literacy in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State, a mentor to many Penn State students, and an advocate for marginalized peoples.
She has spent her life studying and analyzing hierarchical systems of oppression and race relations. Through her writing and teaching, she encourages compassion, empathy, inclusivity and social change.  My aim is to identify those who are marginalized and work to include their voices through literature,” she said. Our Executive Director, Christian Elongué has met with Professor Vivian Yenika-Agbaw at the IBBY Africa Regional Meeting in Accra. In this article, we are presenting her and her contribution in the promotion of more inclusivity and representation in Children literature in the US and in the African diaspora.

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