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Return to all books


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.