Our escape from school discovered PDF Print E-mail

Our escape from school discovered(UGX 4000 or USD 2.75 )
by E.L Barongo

Olum knew his mother's place of work. He would walk to school with his young brother and come back home, passing by the children's library but didn't know that it was in fact a library.

Ngonzaki and her decorated letters PDF Print E-mail

Ngonzaki and her decorated letters(UGX 4000 or USD 2.75)
by E.L Barongo

Adolescence is a stage the youth go through trying to discover themselves. Friendship is important and sometimes develops into a serious relationship. Sometimes, the relationship ends up in pain. This is what fourteen year old Ngonzaki goes through as faces the challenges of growing up.

Kaheru the orphan PDF Print E-mail

Kaheru the Orphan(UGX 4000 or USD 2.75)
by E. L Barongo

Right from his birth, he was known as Kaheru. After his parents died, he had to live with his uncle and aunt but he didn't know he has acquired another name called orphan.

How hare became a king PDF Print E-mail

How hare became a king (UGX 4000 or USD 2.75)
by E.L Barongo

This story of how hare became king of all the animals is one of the many cultural stories written for children to read and re-live the struggles that people and leaders have in our communities  everyday.

Greedy monkey loses a best friend PDF Print E-mail

Greed Monkey Loses a best friend (UGX 4000 or USD 2.75)
by E.L Barongo

This is a story about a monkey. He is selfish and unkind to other animals. But greedy monkey soon finds out that one cannot be happy if one is selfish. Good life is about sharing and being kind to others.

Who owns the fruit tree? PDF Print E-mail

Who owns the fruit tree? (UGX 4000 or USD 2.75)
by Evangeline L. Barongo

This story is about two family members a boy and a girl who argue about ownership of the fruit tree. However this dispute is later settled in favour of the girl by their father.


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  4th IBBY Africa Regional Conference
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About the Conference

The IBBY Africa Region Conference is the largest gathering of writers and publishers with a focus on writing and publishing books for children and young adults on the continent. It has been held in South Africa in 2011 and 2013 and Rwanda in 2015.

The IBBY Africa Region Conference is the largest gathering of writers and publishers with a focus on writing and publishing books for children and young adults on the continent.

Uganda is pleased to host the 4th IBBY Africa Regional Conference from 22nd -24th August 2017 in Kampala, Uganda. This conference is proudly organized by International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Uganda Chapter, Uganda Children’s Writers and Illustrators Association (UCWIA), National Book Trust of Uganda (NABOTU), Uganda Reproduction Rights Organisation (URRO), Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and National Library Uganda.

The conference comes at an opportune time when children and young adults under 15 years dominate the demographics of the continent constituting over 50%. However authors and publishers are yet to cash in on this huge market potential.  This failure is attributed to several factors including a narrow range of titles in the different African languages available to the age group, a broken book value chain, high book prices inconsiderate of incomes in Africa and growing concerns about inability to read and write.

Whilst the book publishing industry has been stagnating, information and communication technology, especially the mobile phone has taken Africa by storm. ICT innovations such as social media have sparked a revolution in communication, and transformed the way young Africans communicate and share information with one another. This is a very interesting development that is shaping authorship and publishing culture on the continent in significant ways. It also represents a unique challenge that calls for innovative thinking on business models and the emergence of new value chains for trade in content.


Rethinking Contemporary Literature for Children and Young Adults in Africa

Sub themes:

Persons presenting papers in the plenary or workshops or posters shall be encouraged to share from the perspective of their personal or national experiences as well as what changes may be required to better literature for children and young adults and its distribution across the continent. The following sub-themes shall be discussed:

  • Authorship, illustrations and publishing
  • Language and children’s  literature
  • Oral traditions and children’s literature
  • Book trade in Africa and beyond
  • Intellectual property and business models
  • ICTs, publishing innovations and new value chains
  • Research on Literature for  children and young people