Lillian Msichana Mtiriki (Bilingual Swahili + English)

For curious young minds who have a thirst for learning about their world, look no further than my pages. I’m a playful story full of vibrant illustrations that show what it’s like to grow up in northern Kenya. 

Lillian Shirayar Mang’ong’o is my maker and the star of my world, who shares her real-life experiences, kid-to-kid, heart-to-heart. Off the page, Lillian is now grown up and doing life-changing work helping girls find safe places to thrive across Kenya. When you create a space for me in your home, you’re helping to support her work. 

With every corner of me packed with feel-good learning, I’m the perfect companion to curl up cosy next to. On the surface, I was designed for readers aged 4-7, but deep down, I’m a timeless story for humans of all ages to experience wonder, joy and connection.

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Details 🔍

• 34 pages of beautiful, joyful illustrations showing a glimpse of life in Eldoret, Kenya

• 19cm x 24cm softcover edition, written in Swahili with English translations, printed in Australia

• A heart-warming story that celebrates our differences along with our similarities

• Bonus pages with conversation starters and activity ideas to nurture learning

Origin & Maker 🌍

Our author, Lillian, is a Tiriki woman of the Luhya people in Kenya. She’s a dedicated change-maker who works in Nairobi as a family tracer. That means she helps to rehabilitate and reconnect girls who’ve been separated from their families with a safe place to call home.

We worked with Puerto Rican illustrator, Mónica Paola Rodríguez, to bring the story to life. The book is printed in, and distributed from, Wurundjeri Country (Melbourne, Australia).

Impact 🔥

• A built-in donation (10% of revenue, 50% of profits) to support now-grown-up Lillian’s work in Nairobi – helping girls who’ve been separated from their families find safe places to thrive again.

• A second donation (of 1% revenue, each) to two Aboriginal-owned and led organisations, in acknowledgement that we live and work on stolen lands: Pay The Rent and Children’s Ground.

• One tree planted, to support reforestation projects across Australia

Additional information

Weight0.3 kg
Dimensions24 × 19 × 1 cm


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