Among the many amazing projects that we participate in, working on content for children is one of our all-time favorites! Storybooks help children develop their language skills, trigger curiosity and creativity, and fuel their imagination. As we watched a humanitarian crisis unfold in Eastern and Central Europe, we were very fortunate to work on more than a dozen children’s books for nonprofit organizations trying to give some relief to Ukrainian families going through such a hard and unfair situation, especially for their children.
Ashoka (https://www.ashoka.org/), Room to Read (http://roomtoread.org/), Pratham Books (https://prathambooks.org/), Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org), My Special World (https://myspecialworld.org/), Highlights (https://shop.highlights.com/), UNICEF (https://www.unicef.org/), Young Authors Publishing (https://www.youngauthorspublishing.org/), Starbright Books (https://starbrightbooks.com/index.php), Mountype (https://mountype.com/) y African Story Book (https://mountype.com/).
The Crisis in Eastern and Central Europe
In recent years, Eastern and Central Europe have been hit hard by conflicts, economic crises, and natural disasters. Ukraine, in particular, has been struggling with a war in the east of the country, which has displaced millions of people and left many without access to basic necessities. The crisis has taken a heavy toll on children, who have lost homes, schools, and loved ones. In addition to the physical hardships, children are also facing emotional trauma, anxiety, and fear.
The Role of Storybooks in Times of Crisis
During times of crisis, children need hope, comfort, and a sense of security. Storybooks can provide all of these things and more. When children read or listen to stories, they are transported to different worlds, where they can escape from reality and imagine a better future. Storybooks can also help children process their emotions and make sense of their experiences. By relating to characters in stories, children can see that they are not alone in their struggles, and that there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow.
The Making of Children’s Books for Ukrainian Families
Our team was approached by several nonprofit organizations that were working to provide relief to Ukrainian families affected by the crisis. They wanted to create children’s books that would bring joy, hope, and inspiration to children in need. We were honored to be a part of this effort and worked tirelessly to create engaging and meaningful stories that would resonate with Ukrainian children.
The Impact of Storybooks on Ukrainian Children
The response to our children’s books was overwhelming. Ukrainian children eagerly devoured each book, and their parents were grateful for the respite they provided from the harsh realities of daily life. Many children shared how the stories made them feel less alone and gave them a sense of hope for the future. Parents also reported that their children’s language skills improved, and they were more eager to learn after reading the books.
Storybooks are powerful tools that can help children in times of crisis. By providing comfort, inspiration, and a sense of hope, these books can make a real difference in the lives of children who are struggling. As we continue to work on projects for children, we will always keep in mind the impact that our work can have on young lives.
- How did you come up with the ideas for the children’s books? We worked closely with the nonprofit organizations and Ukrainian families to understand the needs and desires of the children. We also drew inspiration from Ukrainian folklore and culture.
- Were the books translated into Ukrainian? Yes, all of the books were translated into Ukrainian so that they could be accessible to as many children as possible.
- How long did it take to create the books? It took several months to create and produce all of the books.
- How were the books distributed? The books were distributed through local schools, libraries, and community centers.
- Will you be creating more books for Ukrainian children in the future? We hope to continue working on projects that bring joy and inspiration to Ukrainian children, as well as children in crisis around the world.