It is estimated that 10,000 new children storybooks are published in the UK each year. That is an astonishing number of new titles. And although e-books are competing with a physical books, it is heartwarming to see that the UK has many authors invested in producing children’s literature.
In Kenya though, things are different. Even though some of the publishing giants like Penguin Random House and Macmillan operate in Kenya, it is impossible to find out how many books, especially for children, are published for the East African market.
And so we can only present you with figures we have collected ourselves. We pride ourselves at working with children from poor communities, remote communities and hard-to-reach communities. That means, we probably have better idea of what people can and cannot afford to buy.
Books are beyond the reach for many parents; some would be spending as much as a one month’s rent on a book. They would have to travel for some time to make sure they can reach the large supermarkets built in cities. It is no surprise therefore that only one child in 250 ever saw a book, and only one in every 721 ever read one.
We your help we are changing that. So keep your books coming.