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Christine Mapondera-Talley

Christine Mapondera Talley is the author of Makanaka’s World, a picture book series designed to teach young children about our world cultures, geography, and language in a fun and engaging way. Christine was born in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, and now resides in Chicago with her husband and two children.


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Christine Mapondera Talley is the author of Makanaka’s World, a picture book series designed to teach young children about our world cultures, geography, and language in a fun and engaging way. Christine was born in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, and now resides in Chicago with her husband and two children.

Her writing was initially inspired by her daughter, as she wrote stories for her in Shona, her native language.

Through her company Global Kidz House, Christine now publishes stories that directly address the need for diverse books. She’s driven to create books for children that elevate and celebrate the diversity of Africa and the African diaspora.

She is also co-founder of KidLit Nation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help educate and provide opportunities for children’s writers and illustrators of color.

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