Emergency preparedness storybooks designed by children for children
'You Ready?' Multilingual Children’s Storybooks series
The project aims to develop a series of four 'You Ready?' multi-lingual children's storybooks in Hindi, Chinese, Samoan and Te Reo Māori. The series follows a group of friends as they face dangerous weather events and natural disasters. From cyclones and tornadoes to flash floods and thunderstorms, the children use their quick thinking, knowledge and resilience to prepare for and stay safe in emergencies. The characters take you to different communities – Māori, Samoan, Hindi and Chinese – and teach you how to get ready too.
Preparedness tool to engage tamariki
As children and young people are agents of change, this makes them not only future leaders of the community, but current leaders to influence and encourage their families, schools, peers and others on the importance of emergency preparedness.
These children’s storybooks can not only help children understand and prepare for these emergencies but also create opportunities for parents or grandparents to engage with their tamariki, sharing their cultural oral stories and traditions, while building knowledge for themselves and whanau about severe weather events like storms and floods.
Books designed by children for children
We engaged with four different community groups which comprised of children and adults from each community to work on their own cultural story. The four community groups are
The workshops for each group involved writing the story, disaster preparedness, and design and illustration workshops. Each of the groups was also guided through the story-writing and design process by a children’s story-writing teacher and a design and animation teacher.