Bunk Books

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Bunk Books is part of the commercial universe of Book Bunk Trust, focused on the production of contemporary stories in digital and print editions combining new art and writing, for children and adults. 

The imprint draws on the editorial expertise of the founders of the Trust, benefitting from the marketplace of virtual and physical libraries the Trust is restoring while opening up new audiences via innovative approaches to form and community publishing. We aim to add to the choice and orientation of stories for and about children and young adults by asking what we consider to be a fundamental question of our experience: how has Africa been experienced and how is this depicted to children, young people and adults? We introduce two flagship publications as a means to pilot new content for two market segments; children and adult readers.

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Long-held captive by her father’s shadow of corruption, Kavata has spent her life suffocated by political machinations. When her husband decides to run in the next election these shadows threaten to consume her home. Unable to bear this darkness come with a plus to escape. As her family falls apart so too does the country. In the wake of Kenya‘s post-election turmoil, Kavata and her family must find their way back to each other across a landscape of nationwide confusion, desperation and heart-rending loss.

Wanjiru Koinange is a writer, restorer of libraries and entrepreneur from Nairobi. This is her debut novel, and is based on the events surrounding the 2007 Kenyan general election. Her writing has also been published in several journals and magazines across the continent including Chimurenga, SlipNet and Commonwealth Writers where she served as a cultural correspondent for East and Southern Africa. Wanjiru also explores ways in which art and creative production can be used to influence social change. She is the Co-Founder of Book Bunk, where she directs efforts to revitalise some of Nairobi’s most iconic public libraries.

  • A New York Times bestseller!

  • Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award

  • Recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work

From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colourism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

Sulwe has skin the colour of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. In this stunning debut picture book with accompanying illustrations by Vashti Harrison, actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.

Sulwe ni mweusi  tititi. Ni mweusi kuliko kila mtu katika familia yake.  Ni mweusi kuliko kila mtu shuleni. Sulwe anataka tu kuwa mrembo na mwerevu, kama mamake na dadake.  Ghafla, safari ya kipekee katika anga ya usiku inamfumbua macho na kila kitu kinabadilika. Katika kitabu hiki chenye michoro ya Vashti Harrison, mwigizaji Lupita Nyong’o amefinyanga  hadithi ya kusisimua na kuwahamaisha watoto ili wafurahie urembo wao wa kipekee. 

Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan actress and producer. Her first feature film role was in the film 12 Years a Slave, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as multiple accolades, including the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Critics’ Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and the NAACP Award. She has since starred in Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ryan Coogler’s record-breaking box office hit Black Panther, and most recently in Jordan’s Peele’s critically acclaimed horror film Us. Nyong’o earned a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in Danai Gurira’s play Eclipsed. She lives in Brooklyn.

Vashti Harrison, author and illustrator of the bestselling Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, is an artist, author, and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. She earned her MFA in film and video from California Institute of the Arts, where she snuck into animation and illustration classes to learn from Disney and DreamWorks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now she uses her love for both film and illustration to craft beautiful stories for children.

  • Kinauza zaidi kwa mujibu wa New York Times

  • Kimepokea tuzo ya uchoraji ya Corretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award

  • Kimepokea tuzo  ya Kazi Bora ya Fasihi ya Watoto ya NAACP Image Award  

Lupita Nyongo, mwigizaji na mshindi wa tuzo ya Academy, ametuandikia kitabu cha picha chenye mvuto na ushawishi mkubwa kuhusu rangi, kujithamini, na kujifundisha ya kwamba urembo wa kweli unatoka ndani mwa mtu.

Sulwe ni mweusi  tititi. Ni mweusi kuliko kila mtu katika familia yake.  Ni mweusi kuliko kila mtu shuleni. Sulwe anataka tu kuwa mrembo na mwerevu, kama mamake na dadake.  Ghafla, safari ya kipekee katika anga ya usiku inamfumbua macho na kila kitu kinabadilika. Katika kitabu hiki chenye michoro ya Vashti Harrison, mwigizaji Lupita Nyong’o amefinyanga  hadithi ya kusisimua na kuwahamaisha watoto ili wafurahie urembo wao wa kipekee. 

Lupita Nyong’o ni mwigizaji na mtayarishaji filamu kutoka Kenya.  Uigizaji wake wa kwanza katika filamu ndefu ulikuwa katika 12 Years a Slave, ambapo alipokea tuzo ya Academy ya Mwigizaji Muungaji Mkono Bora na sifa nyingine nyingi  pamoja na tuzo ya waigizaji wa filamu ya Screen Actors Guild Award , tuzo ya uteuzi wa wachambuzi ya Critics Choice Award, Independent Spirit Award, na tuzo ya NAACP.  Tangu hapo, ameigiza katika filamu ya Mira Nair Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, filamu maarufu ya Ryan Coogler Black Panther iliyovunja rekodi ya watazamaji ya Box Office, na hivi majuzi katika filamu ya kuogofya ya Jordan Peele US. Nyong’o alipata uteuzi wa Tony kutokana na ushiriki wake katika jukwaa la Broadway kwenye mchezo wa kuigiza wa Danai Gurira unaoitwa Eclipsed. Anaishi Brooklyn.

Vashti Harrison, mwandishi na mchoraji wa kitabu kilichouza sana cha Little Leaders:  Bold Women in Black History, ni msanii, mwandishi, na mtayarishaji filamu mwenye hamu kubwa ya kusimulia hadithi.  Alipata shahada ya MFA  katika filamu na video kutoka Taasisi ya Sanaa ya California ambako alipokea mafunzo kuhusu  sanaa ya vibonzo na uchoraji kutoka kwa magwiji wa Disney na DreamWorks.  Akiwa huko, hamu ya uchoraji ilimjia tena. Kwa sasa anatumia upendo wake wa filamu na uchoraji kutunga hadithi za watoto za kusisimua.

  • A New York Times bestseller!

  • Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award

  • Recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work

From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colourism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

Sulwe has skin the colour of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. In this stunning debut picture book with accompanying illustrations by Vashti Harrison, actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.

Sulwe ni mweusi  tititi. Ni mweusi kuliko kila mtu katika familia yake.  Ni mweusi kuliko kila mtu shuleni. Sulwe anataka tu kuwa mrembo na mwerevu, kama mamake na dadake.  Ghafla, safari ya kipekee katika anga ya usiku inamfumbua macho na kila kitu kinabadilika. Katika kitabu hiki chenye michoro ya Vashti Harrison, mwigizaji Lupita Nyong’o amefinyanga  hadithi ya kusisimua na kuwahamaisha watoto ili wafurahie urembo wao wa kipekee. 

Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan actress and producer. Her first feature film role was in the film 12 Years a Slave, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as multiple accolades, including the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Critics’ Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and the NAACP Award. She has since starred in Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ryan Coogler’s record-breaking box office hit Black Panther, and most recently in Jordan’s Peele’s critically acclaimed horror film Us. Nyong’o earned a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in Danai Gurira’s play Eclipsed. She lives in Brooklyn.

Vashti Harrison, author and illustrator of the bestselling Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, is an artist, author, and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. She earned her MFA in film and video from California Institute of the Arts, where she snuck into animation and illustration classes to learn from Disney and DreamWorks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now she uses her love for both film and illustration to craft beautiful stories for children.

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