Swimathon 2019

Gabriela Nenciu

On June 29, we’ll be making waves at Swimathon 2019, to fundraise for a new children's book project.

ALL CHILDREN ARE STORY HEROES promotes diversity in children's literature in Romania.

We want to raise funds for the second edition of the New Storyteller project. This time we want to publish an illustrated book, with Roma characters, for children between 3 and 6 yrs. The book will be created by a writer and an illustrator selected by contest and who, in order to be as close as possible to the reality of the children, will spend some time with  kindergarteners from a disadvantaged area.

We will donate 1,000 copies to 66 kindergartens where educators will perform creative reading activities using the educational toolkit designed by our association.

We want Romanian authors to create beyond stereotypes and to bring in their books characters that positively reflect the diversity around us.

 It is essential that children's stories are anchored in different worlds, not just in one reality. For children who are usually not book heroes, this identification is essential: they understand that their experiences and reality are just as important as others. The books are a mirror, and when you look in the mirror and you do not see yourself, you practically do not exist.