Many youngsters’s books not solely spark younger imaginations, but in addition supply classes for rising minds, whether or not it is social expertise like studying tips on how to share or big-picture issues like caring for the setting. Palo Alto creator and group activist Evelyne Keomian needs to verify there is a e book for teenagers that encourages the event of an necessary ability that is not generally taught: resilience. Keomian is hoping that youngsters can take inspiration from her personal childhood with a narrative that encourages children to search out their interior power.
The e book, referred to as “Lioness E,” attracts from Keomian’s upbringing, with a narrative a few younger woman referred to as E rising up within the Ivory Coast and having to beat many obstacles, together with her household’s cultural beliefs, to be able to study to learn and write.
“The e book was born from the struggles that I had as a toddler in West Africa,” Keomian stated. As a toddler, she bought water on the market to pay for pencils and notebooks.
Although the challenges that youngsters face could differ broadly, Keomian famous, it is nonetheless necessary for each little one to study to be resilient — they will draw on interior power and willpower to beat challenges large and small, a ability that can serve all of them their lives.
“I would like to inform the story that each little one struggles. As a toddler, you might want to study early on that life goes to offer you lemons and also you simply should study to show them into lemonade,” she stated, noting that whereas the phrase could also be a cliche, it additionally displays the way in which life is.
Along with encouraging resilience, as a Black creator, Keomian stated she needs to offer illustration to youngsters of colour, in order that extra youngsters can see themselves in books.
Keomian assembled a various workforce to assist her understand her imaginative and prescient for “Lioness E” with Brazilian youngsters’s creator Fernanda de Oliveira writing the e book and illustrations created by Italian artist Laura Dall’Agata.
Late final month, Keomian launched a campaign on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to assist with manufacturing prices of “Lioness E.”
The marketing campaign reached its preliminary $5,000 purpose in pledges inside a pair days of launching and has now greater than doubled its unique purpose, with 125 backers as of press time. The extra funds will assist the e book undertaking attain its stretch objectives, equivalent to producing a musical model of the e book with conventional African rhythm drumming. Keomian stated that the purpose is to have the e book printed in time for this 12 months’s vacation season.
As soon as revealed, the e book will elevate funds for the Karat Faculty Venture, a college for impoverished youngsters within the Ivory Coast that Keomian based.
Along with her assist for schooling in her native nation, Keomian has additionally spearheaded tasks within the Bay Space to advertise schooling and assist younger folks.
Within the early months of the pandemic, Keomian gathered donations and distributed “edu-kits” — care packages of faculty provides and books — to youngsters of low-income households on the Peninsula and the South Bay, and she or he led a project during the holidays last year to supply presents and meals to households residing in RVs.
For extra details about “Lioness E” and its inventive workforce, go to theksp.org.