Authors & Illustrators

christine mapondera-talley

Christine Mapondera is the author of Makanaka’s World, a picture book series designed to teach young children about our world cultures, geography, and language in a fun and engaging way. Christine was born in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, and now resides in Chicago with her two children.

Follow her online:

Instagram- @christine.mapondera

Twitter- @christinemapo

diseph ruth otto


Diseph Ruth Otto is the author of the upcoming Pamima’s Journal book series. Her lifelong dream has been to
inspire and educate the younger generation through fiction, arts and crafts and Bible stories. She has several years of experience working with children as a Sunday school teacher, a volunteer and a children’s creativity workshop facilitator in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Follow her online;

Instagram- @diseph_ruth

aminata jalloh 

Aminata Jalloh is the author of The Biggest Little Brother and blogger behind the page Readers InspiredGrowing up as a Sierra Leonean living in the United States, she had a difficult time reconciling the way Africa was represented in popular media and literature. She believes having access to books from the youngest age can be the windows and mirrors to enhance not only cultural competency but also engage readers.

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anil tortop

Anil Tortop illustrates children’s books and also work as an animator and character/concept designer, but has been called away from this affair as her relationship with children’s books becomes more serious.
She was born and raised in Turkey. Then moved to Australia in early 2011 and has  been trying to get used to the local eight-legged house intruders and slithering visitors to our garden ever since. 
Follow her online;
Instagram- @aniltortop

myriam chery 

Myriam Chery is an illustrator from Québec, Canada. She earned a degree in Arts and Film Animation from Concordia University. She has a deep love for illustrating colourful landscapes and adorable characters that highlight the happiness of childhood.

Follow her online;

Instagram- @biouboum