Cousins Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson (below) first had the idea when they were at home with their own babies. “As beginners we wanted something bilingual to share with our pēpi, with good illustrations and that was durable! Something that would help our whole whānau pick up some skills in the reo.”
Kirsten, who is a graduate of the Dunedin School of Art and a Dance teacher at Otago Girls' High School, illustrated the books, which feature delightful images of local children and farm animals.
The text is created by the pair of beginners, translated and then carefully edited by Fern Whitau.
Kitty, takes care of administrative side of the venture which has grown from an idea into a fully realised publishing company complete with it’s first set of books for sale!
Reo Pēpi has a strong focus on educational resources engaging with educators directly. "We road-tested our books with several Dunedin Early Childhood Education Centres and had a great response from educators and tamariki alike.”
Thanks to start-up funding from Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the Whānau Ora commissioning agency for the South Island, the two (Ngāi Tahu) cousins are proud to launch their company-Reo Pēpi-Baby Language and their first series of books.
For more info contact Kitty and Kirsten
Reo Pēpi-Baby Language
1687 Highcliff Rd, Dunedin, 9014
Waea Pūkoro: 022 196 7490
Facebook: Reo Pēpi
Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson
Edited by Fern Whitau - Board Books.