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“A multilingual story of love and learning, joy and journey Inspired by the families throughout Central Africa who are forced to leave their homes, this is an honest but hopeful own-voice narrative about displacement, migration, and finding a new home.”
—Child’s Play

Kende! Kende! Kende!

Written by Kirsten Cappy and Yaya Gentille
Illustrated by Rahana Dariah
Published by Child's Play

Coming October 2024

Lolie’s childhood in the Democratic Republic of Congo is filled with laughter and curiosity. When fighting nears the village, Lolie helps load the wheelbarrow and her family flees as fast as her pregnant Mamá can walk. Lolie distracts herself on the journey by observing how bicycles and trucks move and by helping baby Nico be born “right there on four wheels.” In their years in a refugee camp, Lolie’s responsibilities grow as does baby Nico’s ability to restore the Lolie’s laughter. Resettled in the US, the family awakes to a blizzard and the realization that Mamá, again pregnant, must go to the hospital. The family makes another journey through the unknown, relying on new words and a community of Mamás to help them kende, kende, kende.

This book is a tribute to the Central Africans who move through many languages to build community and navigate migration. The book is bilingual French/English with action words in Lingala. Additionally, there are QR-Code-delivered audio read-alouds in Arabic, English, French, Kinyarwanda, Lingala, Portuguese, and Swahili.

Primary ISBN: 9781786289629
Publication Date: October 2024
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, 8 x 8 Paperback
Publication Status: Forthcoming
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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Setting: DRC, Uganda, United States

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Refugee or Asylee, Refugee Camp

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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This picture book is co-authored by I’m Your Neighbor Books Executive Director Kirsten Cappy. She has not and will not financially gain from this book. All book advances (funds given when a book is sold to a publisher) and royalties (% of sales) are directed to co-author Yaya Gentille and illustrator Rhana Daria. Any possible speaking or school visit fees associated with the book will be directed to I’m Your Neighbor Books to fulfill our mission.