Help support diversity in literature and make more books accessible to children in rural Uganda. Every £10 donation will send 2 copies of Verna Wikins’ new children’s book, “A Very Busy Day,” straight to Ugandan schools. You’ll also receive a copy too, so that you and your own children can join in on the adventure through rural Uganda.
Diversity in Children’s Books
As children, opening the pages into a new world can be the most magical experience of all. What we find there will shape our imagination, our dreams and future ambitions.
Yet so many children do not see themselves inside the books they read. The children on each page do not look like them. They do not live in the same environment or play the same games.
If children don’t see themselves in their books then they miss out on the self-discovery that reading brings.
“A Very Busy Day” by Verna Wilkins
In 2011, Verna Wilkins of Tamarind Books visited Uganda. She soon found that
there are very few children’s books relevant to life in Uganda. Instead, children see foreign faces living foreign lives.
So Verna decided to write a unique story for them.
“A Very Busy Day” is set in rural Uganda. It tells the story of two children’s adventure on their first day of the school holidays. Jovia and Eric’s adventure begins when they’re woken up by loud cries for help and a herd of bleating goats scampering along the dusty road. Join them as they travel past lush sugarcane fields and through bustling market towns to reach the sugar factory.
With every £10 donation in support of the Redearth Reading Programme, we will send 2 copies of Verna Wilkins’ new book to Ugandan schools.
All donations go towards training teachers in early reading and the books will be used to help children discover the joys of reading for pleasure.
We will also send you a copy, so that you and your own children can also discover this special story of rural Uganda.