Our little girl Selma was born in 2019, and by the magic of things, we instantly transformed into parents.
Fulfilled with joy, emotion, and fatigue from 365 days of sleeplessness, we are now responsible for our adorable girl. As binational parents, quadri-linguists, and living in a city where hundreds of nationalities live and coexist, we wondered how to transmit different perspectives of our world to help her in her way of learning. How to pass on our cultural heritage most respectfully and authentically? How to teach her philosophies of life from here and elsewhere? and how to instill in her pride and respect for who she is for other beliefs and the environment?
Children's books came as a revelation! No better than a good book for dreaming the world. A book. Yeah! Not just any; a book where Africa is not only a savannah populated by elephants, princesses all dressed in the same way, or children all having the same dreams and concerns. A book which presents in all authenticity our world.
We, thus, launched our book's quest. Whether in Switzerland, Algeria, or deep in Siberia ; wherever the book is ; we are looking for it.
Because we want books to open our minds and rise.
Because all stories matter.