Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Q&A with Atinuke

Atinuke is the author of the children's picture book Baby Goes to Market. Her many other books include the Anna Hibiscus series. She grew up in Nigeria and England, and she lives in Wales.

Q: How did you come up with the idea for Baby Goes to Market?

A: I’d wanted to write a book set in a West African market for years. The colour, the noise, the heat, the chaos, the fun, the friendliness. Baby Goes to Market captures some of it! But the idea actually came in London, looking after my little nephew. 

Q: What do you hope kids take away from the story?

A: I hope that kids take away a sense of the colour and fun of West African culture, and the friendliness and love that we have for babies. 

Q: What do you think Angela Brooksbank's illustrations add to the book?

A: Angela’s illustrations are what brings the book to life!

Q: Who are some of your favorite authors?

A: Right now I am reading and rereading Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming and Simi Bedford’s Yoruba Girl Dancing.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: Right now I am working on a new series set in Lagos, Nigeria about a little girl growing up in the slums.  

Q: Anything else we should know?

A: I’ll be in Washington, D.C., on tour in April 2019. Check out my Facebook page for details for public events! 

--Interview with Deborah Kalb. Here's a previous version of this Q&A. Baby Goes to Market is a winner of the 2018 Children's Africana Book Award.

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