© Ophelia S. Lewis 2021
Lewis began writing children’s books in 2009, and since then has published six titles; A is for Africa, I’m About To, Toby Pannoh’s Good Manners for Boys and Girls, GMA (how to be a super polite kid), Where in the World is Liberia, and Keeping Secrets, and created four children’s book series: Reading Our World, Teacher Jeanette Kinder Kollege Workbook, Adventures at Camp Pootie-Cho and Ian & Applecat.
A mission to transform the limited books available with African characters in children’s books today, drawing from her own childhood for inspiration, Lewis creates cultural-genre books with African characters all children can relate to. Of her work, Lewis says, “The best way of getting people familiar with the importance of identity and own surroundings is through the eyes of childhood. Start at the earliest stage of life.”
Joining the campaign to preserve Liberia’s Sapo National Park in Sinoe County, she created the series, Adventures at Camp Pootie-Cho, using native animals living in the park as characters people can easily fall in love with. She is joined by other authors who write for the series.