Young people at the Richmond Youth hub worked with Kids’ Own artists Lily Nguyen and Agum Maluach to create Tingly Tastebuds, a book about the food they love. It’s full of all kinds of food: bánh mì, burgers, noodles, kisra, bala el sham and pizza. The stories connect to their memories of home, friends and family. The young people launched it once as part of their end of year party in December, and again as a story time at the Richmond Library in February. Books were read, signed and celebrated.
What some of the young authors said:
‘I LOVED having my drawing in the book.’
‘I like that there’s Vietnamese in our book.’
‘I hope everyone reads our book so we become world famous and write more and more books.’
Tingly Tastebuds was created by young people at the Richmond Youth hub as part of our Kids Own Languages Project with support from Yarra Youth Services, Yarra Libraries, Yarra City Arts, Vic Health and researchers at ACU and Melbourne University.
DreamBIG (presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre) is the largest children’s festival in Australia … and we’re returning to the program as Kids’ Own Library! Schools will be using our KidsPublish app to let students’ creativity run wild writing and illustrating their own eight-page books. Students will be invited to express their imagination in a format they can print, fold and send out into the world. This is a wonderful way for young people to build confidence in storytelling, literacy, and a lifelong love of reading.
The KidsPublish app will send DreamBIG copies of the book for exhibition in their Library during the festival, and teachers will also print copies for display in their classrooms and school libraries.
You can publish your own stories using the app, here.
Kids’ Own Publishing offers a 6-8 week book publishing project with communities and organisations working with children (up to 20 children between the ages of 0-12).
We co-design a tailored project with our partners, and offer:
accessible, creative, fun workshops delivered by experienced artist facilitators
a project manager dedicated to the project
story and text development
book designers who specialise in children’s artwork
professional editing of the book
professional printing of a 16-24 full colour paperback children’s book with ISBN
a celebratory launch connecting everyone involved at the end of the project
reflection and feedback session post-launch.
Every child gets to take home their published book, which will also be shared with their local library.
The whole process, from planning to launch, takes between 3-4 months. Prices for a community publishing program range $10,000 and $15,000 depending on variables like distance, timing, participant numbers and aims of the project.
We can deliver artist-led book making as a one-off event or residency at your library, gallery, museum or festival.
Book in a workshop that creates an imaginative space for collaboration and creative play. Children and their families or educators will use art materials to turn their experiences into images and stories, and learn skills to create and publish their own books together at this workshop and at home.
We offer a two-hour group training session for adults in how we co-create and publish books with communities of children. This is a hands-on, creative capacity building workshop suitable for:
Primary school teachers
Education support workers in early childhood and primary school settings
Early years professionals
Family services staff
Community leaders, and
Participants learn how to create an eight or twelve page book, folded from a single piece of paper, which can be published on a photocopier. The group will then discuss how this process can be used to achieve specific goals and learning outcomes for children and their families. We can also demonstrate how the concepts of children’s community publishing align with VEYLDF principles.
We love teaming up with children (and their adults) to create books in the languages they are most familiar with. If you're part of a multilingual community who are interested in creating a book with us please get in contact.
Kids’ Own Languages is a movement to support children’s confidence, creativity and connection through co-creating books that reflect children’s own specific words and worlds.
children are the experts in their own multilingualism
self-representation, self-expression and visibility are powerful
publishing books by children strengthens culture, language and literacy.
We hope our books
support reading for pleasure for families and young children
boost the visibility of lesser-known languages
affirm the unique linguistic backgrounds of the communities we work with.
legend of buz-e-chini instasize
I Spy with my little eye (Somali) - instasize
imagine this place cover - instasize
Heart Language web cover
FrontCoverHowNotToFixACar mandarin(1) - instasize
How else can we support you?
Are you interested in working with Kids’ Own Publishing to make a book with your community? Take a look HERE
Would you like a one-off book creation workshop at your festival or library? Try HERE
The books Kids’ Own Publishing has published in various languages are gorgeous resources for playgroups, kindergartens and schools. You can find them HERE
The Kidspublish App enables you to create, print and share your own little 8 page book. It has a voice function, so you can read the book aloud in a language you choose
Since 2017 Kids’ Own Publishing has been collaborating with academic researchers to get a deeper understanding of our work and its impact.
You can find more information about their work here.
Thank you to Creative Australia, Vic Health and the City of Yarra for Funding Kids' Own Languages