KBB Visited by Childrens’ Author Linda Marshall
During the Fall 2015 semester, Heidi was contacted via the Kids’ Books Bolivia website by Linda Marshall, a U.S. children’s author who was visiting Cochabamba during the Independent Study period. She was very interested in our project, and held a workshop at a coffee shop for the three students who were writing kids’ books this semester. She published an article when she returned to the U.S. in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s (SCBWI) Bulletin, about our project, with an emphasis on what she described as a “very unique methodology of having adult students learn about culture through writing for children”.
KBB Featured in Cocha Banner Magazine
Kids’ Books Bolivia was featured in the November 2011 Cocha-Banner Magazine, a monthly English language publication in Cochabamba sponsored by Projects Abroad. Referred to as "excellent tools for learning new languages", the collection (which at the time was 20 books), was suggested as a supplement for English speakers trying to learn the Spanish language,
You can read the article here.
KBB Featured in NAFSA’s International Educator Magazine
International Educator is a well-known bimonthly publication designed to service people worldwide who work in international education and exchange. In its November/December 2009 issue, Kids’ Books Bolivia was one of the featured projects. Complete with two photos (one of the Fall 2008 authors and one of Will Brunnquell reading his story to children in Cochabamba), the article highlights how Kids’ Books Bolivia was initiated, as well as the book-writing process for our authors. The books written by Spring 2008 authors Elizabeth Henley and Julia Steege are noted as Heidi’s inspiration in launching Kids’ Books Bolivia. Additionally, direct quotations by Spring 2009 authors Mikaela Lefrak and Rossana Espinoza describe their experiences of writing their books and carrying out their research.
Read the article here.
Former student Leah Rapley (Davis) featured as part of 64U Books for Kids in Charlotte
The article "Charlotte author connects kids to culture", from April 2017, discusses the partnership between TV64 and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library to help improve literacy and increase access to books across the Carolinas as part of 64U Books for Kids.
Rapley, a site coordinator at Communities in Schools of Mecklenburg County, connects students and families with community resources that assist with the student’s academic and nonacademic needs. Her book, Until the Mirror Smiled Back at Me is about a young girl who sees pride and beauty in her heritage as an Afro-Bolivian princess, despite the adversities that her culture faces.
Rapley hopes the book empowers young readers of all ethnic backgrounds to value their culture.
“Reading opens up a world of desire to be curious and explore,” Rapley said.
Casey Andersen's book, What Happened to Chita, featured on United Nations International Decade for Action "Water for Life" page
This webpage was dedicated to different resources (games, videos, tales, etc.) that can help kids and youth learn more about water and inspire them and those around them to take action. Casey's book, What Happened to Chita?, was included on this page throughout the United Nations International Decade for Action, and can still be seen here.