Young authors embrace diversity


Enterprising Tamahere student Annie Gordon is doing her bit to show that embracing diversity makes the world much more interesting.

Gordon, a Year 13 Waikato Diocesan School student, and her student partners in a Young Enterprise Scheme company, have just published a children’s book, JJ’s Adventures, which introduces young readers to the varied characters of JJ’s hometown of Paihia.

JJ explores diverse families in his hometown

“We are hoping to produce a takeaway message that we are lucky to have different identities and families in New Zealand and that diversity makes the world so much more interesting so should no longer be accompanied by any judgement,” Gordon said.

Among the families JJ encounters are LGBT+ parents, large Maori families, single parents and joint families.

“As a company, we look to not only encourage the support of diversity but teach children in a healthy way that this is our new normal and needs to be welcomed,” said Gordon, the company chief executive officers and whose business partners are Aimee Lukin, chief financial officer, and Georgia Jefferis, marketing and sales director.

“We also want to help in other ways so we are giving 10% of all our profits to the charity KidsCan,” Gordon said.

The publishers of JJ of Paihia, Amiee Lukin, Annie Gordon and Georgia Jefferis

The students took delivery of their first print run of a hundred books last week and are offering them online here as well as through schools and book stores.

They’re hoping the already high demand will prompt a second print run, and more donations to KidsCan.

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