In this episode, Dorina sits down for a virtual cup of coffee with her new children’s book editor, Bunmi Ishola. Bunmi acquires books for Waterbrook and Multnomah – part of the Penguin Random House group.
They chat about:
-the backstory behind Dorina’s two new children’s picture books
-why representation is critical in children’s books
-growing up in Nigeria and the U.S. and being a third culture kid
Through this series, we hope you will discover and take notice of God’s glory alongside us. Every episode of Eat Pray Run includes a meaningful quote, an engaging conversation, and a little prayer. *Today’s reflection was read from this article, “Mosaic Voices: Why Representation Matters in Children’s Literature and Beyond.”
Bunmi Ishola is a Nigerian-American and grew up in both countries. She has her bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Texas A&M University, also holds a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. After working for World Literature Today, The Norman Transcript, The Dallas Morning News, and CURE magazine, Bunmi taught middle school social studies and English for seven years in Houston, Texas. In 2018, she decided to pursue a career focused on one of her biggest passions: books. She now works as a children’s book editor for WaterBrook & Multnomah, imprints of Penguin Random House, and serves as the board chair for The Word, A Storytelling Sanctuary, a non-profit working to build a publishing community that fights for diversity. While she spends most of her time reading, Bunmi also loves to travel, and so far, has been to around 20 countries and six of the seven continents.
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