We at Skills on the Hill believe in the power of literacy to help children learn about the world around them. Here is a letter that was written to us by one of the authors of “The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete”, a novel promoting inclusivity and diversity for children between the ages of 3-8.
I’m writing to introduce you to “The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete,” an amazing travel book series for children. “The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete” tell the stories of a little girl named Aya, who travels the world with her parents and her stuffed sloth, Pete.
This travel-themed children’s book series encourages young readers to explore, be curious, and learn more about the world they live in. Each story explores the geography, language, food, arts, culture, and key landmarks of different cities around the world. Books in the series include “The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete in Paris” and “The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete in London.” Our third book, “The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete in New York,” is scheduled for release later this year.
“The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete” is created and written by Serena Minott and her daughter Asha Gore, with illustrations by artist Carolina Búzio. The stories are inspired by the authors’ personal experiences living in Europe and Africa, and traveling around the world together. At just 6 years old, Asha has traveled to over 23 countries and attended school on 3 continents!
But these books are not just about travel. The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete book series stirs curiosity and encourages exploration. Whether they are traveling, or simply traveling along in their imagination, we created these stories to inspire all children to see themselves in Aya – to see a little girl who looks like them, or who doesn’t look like them – living boldly, exploring different places, eating different kinds of food, speaking other languages, and generally being at home in the world. We want children to feel empowered knowing there’s a big world out there, and that they belong in it as much as anyone else.