Book Dash : Creation of a children’s book



Book Dash aims to create and distribute children books, and to prove that high-quality books in many languages can be affordably produced and distributed. The finely-tuned and continually-perfected Book Dash model (available online for free) has real potential to revolutionise content-creation and access to books in South Africa and in under-resourced communities across the world.

Students will work in concert to produce a children’s book with illustrations. An ideal group would comprise of three writers, two illustrators and one designer/writer.



The objective is for students to work on creating and producing a publishable electronic children’s book across a two and a half day period. The finished books will be presented on the third day of the workshop.

There is a choice of 3 themes that students can focus on to create and write their children’s books.

  1. The children’s book can focus on technology and the future and give children an imagining of what the world will be like in 30 to 40 years’ time. Alternatively, the book story could be set in the 1970s and present how different the world is now, in 2017 – computers, smartphones, the internet, drones, robots, big data etc…
  2. The book can focus on how things work: cars, airplanes, space rockets, renewable energies, the human body etc..
  3. The book can focus on particular aspects of non-European culture, eg. African culture, the African landscape and wildlife or the African way of life.



Produce a collection of children’s books in an electronic book format (ebooks) which will be publishable on an open-source platform.



Technology / Future / Innovation / Machines / Mechanisms / Evolution / development / Digital / Non-European culture



Christine Evain and Spencer Hawkridge (Centrale Nantes)