Self-publisher Kandace Chimbri’s popular title The Story of Windrush has been acquired by Scholastic UK Childrens book publishers with two new titles expected in 2021. Editions reviewed this popular and informative book in June 2020. Beautifully illustrated, this little hardback remains a popular choice and the new edition is out now to coincide with Black History Month 2020.
Born in London, England in 1968 to parents from Barbados, Kandace Chimbiri writes Black history books for children. Motivated by a desire to help improve both children’s literacy as well as their knowledge of history, Kandace founded her small publishing house Golden Destiny Ltd in 2009.
Golden Destiny specialises in non-fiction titles for children, in particular Black history.
Kandace Chimbiri said: “Although I loved books since I was a child and I loved Black history, I never dreamt of writing Black history books. It began with a desire to create the books that would be available if the world was fair. I noticed a lack of diversity in books for children especially in the non-fiction genre. I began by self-publishing my work and am really excited now about working with a publisher who is going to make stories like these available to a much wider audience. I feel that Scholastic understands what I want to achieve. They can see the importance of books like The Story of the Windrush and why they are needed in the world right now.”
Leah James, publishing manager at Scholastics said:
“We are excited to be working with Kandace Chimbiri to tell children about Black British history that is not yet taught in schools. I am thrilled that we are able to introduce her brilliant self-published book The Story of the Windrush to wider trade and school audiences. Kandace brings this momentous period to life and it is important that all children get to hear the stories of the Windrush pioneers. I look forward to the other stories that Kandace will bring to our list and readers.”
Scholastic have been publishing children’s books for 100 years and they are the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of literacy curriculum, professional services, and classroom magazines and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. As an author at Scholastic, Kandace will be republishing her brilliant titles in an all-new look and format.
Written for primary school aged children The Story of Windrush is a must read and suitable for all ages. We look forward to seeing them on the classroom bookshelves soon.