Friday, March 25, 2011

Getting PoetryTagTime to Africa

As Janet (Wong) and I worked on our PoetryTagTime e-Book project, so many serendipitous happenings encouraged us along the way.

We were invited to join in a partnership with to donate our book, PoetryTagTime, to children in Ghana and Kenya, where poetry fits well with the strong oral storytelling tradition in those countries. As a former Fulbright scholar in Zimbabwe, I was so pleased to be able to add to the body of literature available to children in southern Africa. is a not‐for‐profit organization whose mission is to bring digital books to all in the developing world using e-readers, to go to “the world’s poorest countries where paper doesn’t reach.” is currently working in rural Ghana and soon will be working in Kenya, providing thousands of children an e-reader loaded with their own personal library, consisting of age appropriate local and international literature.

Elizabeth Wood, Director of Publishing at noted, “Poetry is so powerful to our kids as they come from an oral storytelling culture and I can just picture our kids reading poems aloud to their siblings and parents (many of whom are illiterate).Our PoetryTagTime anthology will be their first poetry offering for their kids and this fits so well with our mission of putting poetry in the hands (and ears and eyes) of children who might otherwise not be exposed to it.

Once Upon a Tiger
Another bit of serendipity found Janet launchings a “test” book of her own original poetry to test the Kindle waters. Look for Once Upon A Tiger: New Beginnings for Endangered Animals creation poems by Janet S. Wong with illustrations by Sladjana Vasic. This collection includes the tiger, axolotl, mountain gorilla, Sumatran rhinoceros, blue whale, leatherback sea turtle, giant panda, Asian elephant, and the polar bear, along with informational notes and related web sites. Check out her book website,, where you can learn more.

Remember to mark your calendar to order PoetryTagTime for only 99 cents on April 1 at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. And spread the word…

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Posting (not poem) by Sylvia M. Vardell © 2011. All rights reserved.


Mary Lee said...

An amazing project keeps getting more and more amazing! Can't wait for April 1 to order my copy!!!

April Halprin Wayland said...

Soooo excited...can't wait to read all the poems!

Amy L V said...

I'm happily anticipating getting my e-eyes on this! One day left! A.

Jenn Baljko said...

Good luck with the launch! Very excited for you! - Jenn Baljko