On January 26, 2013, One Moore Book celebrated the release of The Haiti Series, a collection of six stories that highlight the vibrant culture and people of The Republic of Haiti, with an art exhibit featuring the artwork of Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrie who illustrated The Last Mapou, which will be published as a part of this series.
For the occasion, One Moore Book partnered with the LitWorld organization to facilitate book donations and distributions in the featured country.
“With our Liberia series, we realized that unless we donated books using the very grassroots approach of sending them with traveling relatives or friends our books weren’t being enjoyed by children in Liberia,” said Wayetu Moore, founder of One Moore Book. “Ten dollars per book may not seem like much money, but in the countries we feature $10 is what some families make in one week. So, in order for children in Haiti to get our books, for every three books we sell, we will donate one to LitWorld for them to distribute to their network of organizations on the ground.”
The catalyst behind Moore’s passion for childhood literacy in the U.S. and in underserved countries comes from her work in the non-profit world and the void she noticed with the lack of accurate representations of obscure or foreign cultures in mainstream literature. It was this void that ultimately led her to create One Moore Book and it was a growing fascination with Haiti that inspired her to do a full series of children’s books about the country.
“In recent years, whenever someone mentions Haiti, they talk about the earthquake, but I have always been fascinated with how rich Haitian culture is. They were the first independent black republic in the world and have a strong artistic and political history that as a writer has always intrigued me,” said Moore.
This collection of stories serves as a reminder of the resilience and authenticity of the Haitian people and is a celebration of their culture.
The six books that appear in The Haiti Series are:
- A is for Ayiti written by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Joseph Zoboi
- Elsie written by Cybille St. Aude, illustrated by Marie Cecile Charlier
- Fabiola Konn Konte written by Katia D. Ulysse, illustrated by Kula Moore
- I am Riding! written by M.J. Fievre, illustrated by Jean P. Icart Pierre
- Where is Lola? written by Maureen Boyer, illustrated by Kula Moore
- The Last Mapou written by Edwidge Danticat, illustrated by Edouard Duval-Carrie
To learn more about The Haiti Series, visit OneMooreBook.com.
To request photos of The Haiti Series book covers and photos from the launch event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About One Moore Book
One Moore Book publishes culturally sensitive and educational stories for children of countries with low literacy rates and underrepresented cultures. We provide literature for children whose narratives are largely missing from the children’s book publishing industry. The books also serve as a key to unknown people and places for all children who do not have access to cultures outside of their own.
LitWorld is an international nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2007 to cultivate literacy leaders worldwide through transformational literacy experience that build connection, understanding, resilience and strength.