The Bookathon is a project aimed at grooming talents in the area of writing for children. It intends to train writers on producing culturally relevant reading materials for local children. It is part of an initiative to intervene in literacy development in Kaduna and Nigeria at large.

The Concept

The Kaduna Bookathon would involve a creative writing Master Class for creative writers, teachers, artists, graphic designers and other on how to write for children. It would cover different forms of children’s writing especially as it relates to literacy development.

 We intend that at the end of the master class participants would contribute materials under a creative commons agreement to produce books and learning materials with rich local content that would help improve literacy development in Kaduna state.


Global studies show that when poor children are exposed to books they start to read better (Krashen, S. 2004), and that the number of books in the home is a more significant predictor of a child’s reading attainment than the socio-economic status of the family (Evans et al, 2010).  However, there is glaring lack of local content in the children’s literature category, especially books aimed at building reading skills. Children need to see themselves reflected in the literature they read.

Objectives of the Project

  • To promote collaboration among various creatives for local content based educational resources development
  • To improve the creativity in the production of books and educational resources for children in Kaduna
  • To get individuals and corporate organizations contribute to literacy development in Nigeria
  • To produce quality reading materials with local content for pupils in Kaduna state


How You May Support

  • Support in the printing of the children’s book at the end of the Bookathon.
  • Any other logistical or technical support you may deem necessary

We look forward to your kind response.

Namse Udosen

For TanarBookathon Team