Another #NTM20017 premiere: we’re delighted to present excerpts from the gorgeous, award-winning children’s book Una gallina en la cocina/Chicken in the Kitchen by Nnedi Okorafor, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini, published recently by Lantana Publishing. Released in Spanish and English versions, the book has won the prestigious Children’s Africana Best Book Award 2016, it was placed on the White Ravens Honour List in 2016, and it was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2017. Chicken in the Kitchen offers a unique window onto a West African culture from the perspective of a young Nigerian girl who finds the courage to protect the traditions she loves. Her enchanting, evocatively illustrated adventure will capture the imaginations of young and old alike. It surely captured ours.
—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleiman