Hello, bula and hello again, January has certainly passed quickly and to say it has gone smoothly would be an understatement but like everything in life, you have to pick up and get on with it the best way you know how. This year we wanted to stick to our niche of personalised books, Christian books and promoting my own indigenous language in the Fijian spoken language in the form of Bible readings . I have been privileged to work with Vilimaina Bower and Salote Ratubuli who have been so generous with their time in helping me promote my passion for reading, without whom this would not be possible. Vinaka vakalevu vei kemudrau na marama na i tavi levu drau sa mai qarava tiko ena vukudra na luvei Viti sara mai susu yawa tu yani.
Next, is Kealani Netani of Little Pasifika Readers who I met on Instagram who tagged me on a post like in October last year and in true Pasifika style I did not see the tag until January 2022, as the saying goes, better late then never. So, when we finally talked over a zoom session, I was truly inspired by her passion to promote her own culture through books and her body of work on Instagram, is a true testament to her passion for our peoples in this vast Pacific Ocean. She is of Hawaiian and Samoan heritage, we shared quite a bit and I would hope to do a Instagram live chat with her to discuss, please watch this space.
Ok sticking with my goals for January 2022, I wanted to start the new year with books that would inspire children of all ages to read and also to promote learning of indigenous cultures in our weekly reads, we have had a lot of soul searching and have a lot of help from the women who have stepped up and been a ally to bringing my goals for 2022 closer to fruition which has opened my eyes to the work that still needs to be done to promote our culture and identity wherever you and in whatever way you can.
The reason for this post, well I just wanted to share all the books we have shared with you on our private Facebook group.
First book, we would like to review is the I’m a Christian Now! Growing in my Faith, published by LifeWay, it is a 90 day devotional for kids with daily activities. This is hand picked by our team to start off the new year reading list. It is suitable for young children from the age of 6-11 years of age and it can be used a useful tool for family devotional. We really liked the daily activities that each day had for a child to do and that each day had a daily bible verse and daily bible challenge and hit plus points as it had the materials needed for he devotional in one place! Another plus is the colour of the book which is eye catching and instantly draws you to it.
This is another devotional in our I’m a Christian Now! The Life of Jesus, we wanted to give you a bit of choice when it came to devotionals and just like the first book listed on top, we have also read from this book and we found quite the page turner for any one that loves to read and learn about the bible. It would be great read for 6-11 years olds and a great gift idea if you were ever looking for one.
This is our Story time Tuesdays book recommends with Julia Donaldson who is one of favourite children’s book author as I have read most of her books to my son when he was a little boy. We still have most of her books from when he was a little one as keepsakes. We can say the same for this book, it is about a Dalmatian named Dot and her owner Rose who go on weekly hospital visits at the Wallaby ward. It is a very colourful front cover that catches your eye, and the same can be said about the pages inside the book which do not disappoint at all. It is suitable for 4-7year olds and is a great gift idea if your little one. It is available to order from our online bookstore and a little bit of the purchase is paid to us and helps to support independent bookstores in the UK.
This is our Friday first chapters recommend which we will be reading this week Friday 4th February, 2022. It is about Malala’s magic pencil, such an inspirational read for any reader from all groups, as we wanted to aim this at older children of 12-13 years of age. The book covers Malala’s humble beginnings and how her story has gone to inspire millions around the world. We do not want to give too much away as we want you to get the book yourself to read this young lady’s story for yourself, from your local library or from our online book store.