A page from The Missing Presents
Three Wellington teenagers have created digital picture books to entertain young readers in lockdown. The stories, The Missing Presents and Peri Peri and the Magic of Books, were both written and illustrated by the students and can be found here.
Read NZ talked to Sofie, Charlotte and Celeste about the inspiration behind the project.
Kia ora, how did you get started on these stories?
In year 10, we have been given a task called community project. In this task we needed to assist a community in need. Because our group is interested in coding, writing, and drawing we decided to help families with small kids that are still in lockdown due to the coronavirus.
Who is your intended audience?
Our intended audience are small children – around 5-7 years. But also, it depends on reading levels. We also made these books for people learning to speak English.
Do you have plans to create more stories?
We don’t have many plans to create more stories as our community project is over, but we may change our minds if the coronavirus continues to surge.
What sort of digital platform or tools did you use, in case others want to have a go creating a book?
Celeste - I used FireAlpaca (an easy to use, free art programme on the laptop) and Sofie used Procreate (an easy to use, free art programme on the phone). For the page itself, we used Wix, which is free and very easy to use for anyone who would like to make a website!
The authors, from left: Sofie, Charlotte and Celeste, year 10 students at Queen Margaret College
Why do you think reading is important?
We believe that reading can help teach the readers morals and this is something that we took into consideration when creating one of our books called Peri Peri and the Magic of Books. We also believe that reading can grow readers imagination and helps to be more creative. It is also can be entertaining.
We’d love to know what you like to read. What are you enjoying these days, and what did you like to read when you were 5-7 (the reading age your books are aimed at?)
Nowadays we like reading fiction novels with emotion in them. I personally liked listening to my father read me books before I go to bed. We also liked books with animals in them. We also liked books that rhyme – like Dr Seuss and stories with repetition like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.