Risebooks

When I first started Risebooks ‘I See Myself’, selling multi-cultural books, it was because I noticed there was a gap, a lack of decent books for African heritage children to read and see themselves positively reflected.

People kept coming to the book stall and asking me two questions: ‘Did I have any books for older children and did I have any black history books?’

As a writer, I did not hesitate or procrastinate; I decided to create the books myself. Why moan the lack of books when I could write one myself.  I wrote: Valiant women and Ready, Steady, Gold – I was trying to get historical information into a book and at the level that would be readable by older children and adults. Many adults have told me they read the books and found them to be interested in and full of facts they did not know.

 

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That was in the nineties and looking on now and assessing the impact, I think we did a good job, but the need is still there. Most school libraries are still stocked with 90% books that don’t show diversity. Most of the authors are your typical white, middle class, stuck in the middle ages people – the librarians don’t look very far or wide for books, it’s easier to stick to what you know. So it is still down to parents to buy diverse books for their children.

Books are a main source of education and identity, if not why would they have some many books around us. Lots of people would agree that their children need to learn using books, particularly in their early years, but few would want to invest in the right types of books.

That’s why when I write, I write the characters that our children can relate to. Images are powerful and wonderful and it is great to see diversity, but we have to be the diversity we want to see – we can’t ask people to show diversity in books when we haven’t provided it.

©Zindika@risebooks

 

Here I am

Hi , Zindika, here I am! Some of you will already know me as Zindika, proprietor of Risebooks – selling children’s book. Well, I am still risebooks, but in name only. I am still in the book business – but only now I sell my own creations. I am the writer of 4 books. I have written a novel, three non-fictions of which two are aimed at children and young people. I wrote my two historical non-fiction books because people were always asking me, haven’t you got any books for older children and teenagers; and, haven’t you got any history books. There was obviously a gap there which I alone couldn’t fill, but I could make a start, so I researched and published my first two books for the older age group ‘Valiant Women’ and ‘Ready, Steady, Gold’. These books brought together short international profiles on people of colour, going back as far as Nanny of the Maroons, Queen Nzinga to Michelle Obama, from Jesse Owens to Usain Bolt. My main aim was to inspire and educate through the lives of these historical and present day figures.

What’s your child reading?

If you are interested in reviewing any of my books, please email me at risebooks@aol.com for a free copy or order copies from this website: www.zindika.com

My passion is of course books and always has been. I read, write and sell books, so I feel like I know books from every angle. I started Risebooks in 2003, and there was nothing quite like it, just out there selling books for children of colour.  Selling books, you get to know people, know their interest and what they like reading.  Reading is human; reading is communication, so reading is not going to go out of fashion; books neither. Books in its present format have a lot of competition from ebooks and social media, but they will stand the test of time.  Nothing can beat a lovely, colourful illustrated book and a well children told story for a child at bedtime.  As a teacher I am of course interested in the education of and young people so I will continue on my site to review and recommend children’s books. So please contact me if you’ve got a book you’d like me to review on my blog.

Also, check my other site: www.risebooks.wordpress.com, for monthly pick me up, meditate and grow, with well chosen quotes and comments. Hopefully, it will bring a glow to your day.

You can contact me below and get details of my new books and publication dates.

 

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Hi , Zindika, here I am! Some of you will already know me as Zindika, proprietor of Risebooks – selling children’s book. Well, I am still risebooks, but in name only. I am still in the book business – but only now I sell my own creations. I am the writer of 4 books. I have written a novel, three non-fictions of which two are aimed at children and young people. I wrote my two historical non-fiction books because people were always asking me, haven’t you got any books for older children and teenagers; and, haven’t you got any history books. There was obviously a gap there which I alone couldn’t fill, but I could make a start, so I researched and published my first two books for the older age group ‘Valiant Women’ and ‘Ready, Steady, Gold’. These books brought together short international profiles on people of colour, going back as far as Nanny of the Maroons, Queen Nzinga to Michelle Obama, from Jesse Owens to Usain Bolt. My main aim was to inspire and educate through the lives of these historical and present day figures.

What is your child reading?

If you are interested in reviewing any of my books, please email me at risebooks@aol.com for a free copy or order copies from this website: www.zindika.com

My passion is of course books and always has been. I read, write and sell books, so I feel like I know books from every angle. I started Risebooks in 2003, and there was nothing quite like it, just out there selling books for children of colour.  Selling books, you get to know people, know their interest and what they like reading.  Reading is human; reading is communication, so reading is not going to go out of fashion; books neither. Books in its present format have a lot of competition from ebooks and social media, but they will stand the test of time.  Nothing can beat a lovely, colourful illustrated book and a well children told story for a child at bedtime.  As a teacher I am of course interested in the education of and young people so I will continue on my site to review and recommend children’s books. So please contact me if you’ve got a book you’d like me to review on my blog.

Also, check my other site: www.risebooks.wordpress.com, for monthly pick me up, meditate and grow, with well chosen quotes and comments. Hopefully, it will bring a glow to your day.

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