Kio Global has been busy distributing the best multicultural and multilingual children's books available. But now we've been bitten by the writing bug, and are publishing our first book. If you are an imaginative, flexible and team-playing illustrator, read on:
Kio Global is publishing its first original resource this year - a
children’s book for the West African market - and recruiting a
publishing team to that end. We’d like to hear from
illustrators who can confidently and imaginatively interpret
text in a way that is relevant to this vibrant market. The
illustrator must be prepared to research cultural subject
matter and render it with great quality and relevance to
primary school-aged children. The illustrator must also be
able to work well under the direction of a designer and in a
small team. We’d like to hear particularly from recent
graduate illustrators who are ready to start a project
immediately. We’d also be glad to hear from illustrators who
have experienced working to print deadlines.
The project will be on a flat fee contract basis, with the
opportunity to receive additional royalties. The project would
start in August 2014 and end approximately by October 2014.
We’d love to hear from illustrators who might fit this project.
Please email your relevant sample artwork, two referees and
a cover letter to chimaechi [at] kioglobal [dot] com in order to receive
more information and apply.
Deadline: Midnight, 10th August 2014
Interviews: Tuesday 12th August 2014
June and July see the education scene peaking with exam stress, making changes for the new academic year and then winding down for the holiday months. This summer at Kio, June was all about the Total School Support Exhibition and workshopping our first Kio publication, The Wedding Week, in Lagos primary schools.
July was (very topically) all about putting into practice some of the fun things from The Wedding Week story, and getting married!
The bride, Kio Global founder Chimaechi, dancing in traditional Anioma/Igbo akwa ocha and coral with her father.
You can now buy your books online using PayPal in Nigeria as well as a range of other nations (including Kenya and South Africa). Use your card or your PayPal account and purchase your books today. Alternatively, feel free to pay by bank transfer.
Although it is more expensive, we want you to have a high-quality, tracked shipping experience. This way, you know where your books are, and that they will arrive safely, swiftly and undamaged. To get better shipping rates, order together with friends.
Just order on the same day, use the same delivery address as your friends, and put in the order notes that you’d like your order group delivered. Grouping your orders means that at the end of each month, we will send several packages to a single local address chosen by you for you to collect. A single shipping cost is shared among friends, and the carbon emissions for delivery are minimised.
You can now buy a selection of Kio Global books in Yoruba and English from Oxbridge College Bookshop, Sobo Arobiodu St, Gra, Ikeja. Happy shopping!
This month I had the privilege to return to Lagos, and to Estaport Primary School. I met Year 2 there and read with them last June, but this time it was a tougher trip. This year I went for the first time as a writer! I also visited Year 1 and 2 at Supreme Education Foundation School.
Using my first children's book manuscript, The Wedding Week, Year 2 did a literacy workshop about weddings. We shared stories about weddings we'd been to, and the different foods, clothing and music we experienced, and about weddings around the world. We also practiced our phonics words and illustrated each day of the week in the story.
My advice to you if you're ever planning to write a children's book: before you go to a publisher, get a team of 6 year old consultants. If it can withstand their creative and intellectual questions, you are on to something. If it can't, don't worry. Take their advice and keep writing!
Thank you to all the teachers who let me invade their classrooms. Thank you Year 1 and 2 for your questions and answers, and most of all for your proto illustrations of this book.
Today's tweetable from the Risky Reading speech:
Click to tweet: In some circles, you and I don't - statistically - exist. #KioGlobal #ImagesOfAfrica #ImagineBigger
Just because our images and stories are not widely seen, it doesn't mean we were never here.
Kio Global founder Chimaechi Ochei gives the closing speech at the International Private Schools and Education Forum conference on Africa, London 2013. (Let's hope the next one will be somewhere warmer!) In 'Risky Reading' she discusses the importance of images and imagination for educators and entrepreneurs alike.