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Hi there,

I'm Christine, I'm a children's book author. My stories are inspired by Zimbabwe and the African continent in general.  But that's not all. I'm a podcast fanatic, techie wannabe and love all things entrepreneurial. Take a look around and learn more about me.


The Story Behind The Story

“My writing was inspired by my daughter Jillian Makanaka. I was initially trying to create simple stories to help her learn my native language Shona, spoken in Zimbabwe. The name Makanaka means you're beautiful or you're awesome.
Now my goal with this series is to allow kids to go on adventures with Makanaka, learn some geography along the way and a thing or two about other cultures. After all we live in a global world and what better time than at this age for kids to embrace that concept and what it truly means to be a global citizen.”

– Christine Mapondera-Talley



KidLit Nation

Join me monthly as I host industry professionals, authors and illustrators on KidLit Nation's webinar series. See more here.

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Featured Posts

My best moment at an SCBWI conference

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Nov 09
When I started my publishing journey there was a whole lot of stumbling around. Thankfully a quick google search, “writing classes in Chicago’ led me to Story Studio Chicago, which then led me to discovering


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Nov 04
Finally, my first blog post… It only took me a year to activate this url, but I’m sure there’s a reason why the time for it is now. As you know by now, I’m a