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Igbo Folktales and Contemporary Picture Books … what’s the connection?

In this short presentation, I look at the core elements of Igbo folktales and how they can be recreated in contemporary picture books.   HANDOUT Four Essential Components of Igbo Folktales Structure: 4 parts: Beginning, Conflicting Action, Resolution/End and Moral Lesson Characters: Flat or One-dimensional. Refrain: Recited or Sung for audience participation, entertainment, emphasis. Moral Lesson: … Continue reading Igbo Folktales and Contemporary Picture Books … what’s the connection?

Sneak peek of Half Hour Hara at the 2021 AKADA Children’s Book Festival

I am excited to announce to you that I will be speaking at this year’s Akada Children’s Book Festival, themed “My Happy Place” holding on the 1st -3rd of July, 2021.The Akada Children’s Book Festival (ACBF) is a fun event to showcase children’s books written by African authors, or books written by authors around the world for a diverse audience of children. Think: Bunmi … Continue reading Sneak peek of Half Hour Hara at the 2021 AKADA Children’s Book Festival

Juba and the Fireball

Title: Juba and the Fireball Author: Yejide Kilanko Publisher: Narrative Landscape Press; Ayoka Books Number of pages: 35 Type of Book: Fiction; African Age: 4 – 8 Available here: https://narrativelandscape.com/product/juba-and-the-fireball/ ; https://www.konga.com/product/juba-and-the-fireball-by-yejide-kilanko-5096161; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Juba-Fireball-Yejide-Kilanko/dp/1999292073  Price: N2000, N2000; 9GBP MY SUMMARY ‘Anger burns like fire. If you don’t control the flames, they will consume you.’ Juba has a terrible temper. … Continue reading Juba and the Fireball

The Secret of the Purple Lake

Title: The Secret of the Purple Lake Author: Yaba Badoe Publisher: Cassava Republic Press, 2017 Number of pages: 122 Type of Book: Short stories, fiction, adventure, myths and legend. Genre: Middle Grade Age: 8 – 12 Buy it here: The Bookworm Café; https://cassavarepublic.biz/product/the-secret-of-the-purple-lake/ ; https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Purple-Lake-Yaba-Badoe/dp/1911115316    Price: N1800, N1500; $3.99 MY SUMMARY The Secret of the Purple Lake … Continue reading The Secret of the Purple Lake

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