The day I Illustrated a Children's book

March 11, 2017

(Long Post but with Pictures because I care)


I'm happy to share with you my experience during the time I illustrated a children's book.  I was part of team 7, comprised of  Loreto the writer and Rofhiwa the designer and Kelly Norwood the editor at Book Dash Jozi in February this year(2017). It was a fun and exciting experience for me. I met and interacted with awesome writers, artists and designers from several African countries who thanks to World Reader and the Goethe Institute, had come together to create low-cost children’s books to promote a reading culture.

You can read Mogau’s Gift for free on the book dash app in the play store or their website





Also check out the other intriguing books created by other talented writers and illustrators on the event.
You can also download print ready files from the site and distribute to schools or friends under a cc-by license…means you have to credit the creators.

So how did it start?

I came across a post on Facebook inviting writers and illustrators to apply to be selected for the event.



Like most artists, my imposter syndrome kicked in and told me not to apply. However, I still did...the following day at least. I thought to myself, what do I loose by applying? After about four months, I got a call asking weather I'd be interested to fly to Johannesburg to illustrate. Of course I was interested. Best random call ever!!


I had never bothered to get a passport but now I had a reason to. It was a smooth process, at least  for me, and in no time I was on a flight to Johannesburg. 


The Flight was only four hours long and went smoothly. Landing on a chilly morning in Johannesburg, I found my assigned driver holding a card written Goethe Institute as agreed before departure. He drove me to the Courtyard Hotel, where the rest of the team was staying. I have to say, Johannesburg is lovely!! I enjoyed ,my ride from RO Tambo airport. 


I could then finally meet and join the entire team.



On a Saturday morning, we rose up early to embark on creating books for the kids. Everyone looked ecstatic with what was about to happen. It was an event that started at 9am and continued till 8pm where we would showcase our work. On a single Book Dash day, creative teams work fast to make beautiful children’s books that anyone can freely access, print and distribute. Its called BOOKDASH!!



After briefing, we got right into it.

I was so excited because, I was in a foreign country surrounded by amazing artists, designers and story-writers... soo much creativity in one place. plus, I had never done a children's book before!! 




sketch, sketch, sketch  some more as time flies by quickly >>>>|


In the evening, some teams begun celebrating that they were through. I was in panic mode since I still had several pages to work on. More teams finished and I felt like I could give up but I soldiered on. 



Unfortunately, I didn't manage to finish in time and had three pages left. I promised to finish them the following day. (I mean look a the detail!!!! my gaaawwwdd!!)