- Munni, lives in a slum community on the outskirts of Patna, India. Her family belongs to one of India’s most marginalized communities, where the people are known as Musahars. Many Musahar girls are married young and never set foot in a classroom. Munni thought she would be no different.
- But with some support, Munni’s mum stepped in and made sure her daughter went to school. This experience lit a passionate spark in the 14 year old. She set up her own classes after school for local women to learn to read, write and speak for themselves. “If we have education, then we must give it to our brothers and sisters who are illiterate,” she explains.
- “Now 20 women come to me for teaching!” says Munni. “They’ve all learned to write their name.” The women also learn about money, health and vaccinations. Munni is changing her entire community. Every day she inspires women and girls like her to take their place in the classroom and make their mark on the world.
“All 3 books have exceeded my expectations. My daughter has engaged with them really well.”Kate, Wonderparent to little reader age 6
Grown up's guide
Munni’s rooftop school
Themes: Girls Education / Poverty
Katie graduated from a Masters Degree in Illustration at the Arts University Bournemouth in 2017, and she continues to live and work as a children’s book illustrator in Bournemouth. Katie finds inspiration in the outdoors, adventure and travel, and when she
is not illustrating from her little home studio by the sea, she enjoys exploring the coast with her husband in their camper van.
Katie said, “It was a real privilege to have the chance to illustrate Munni’s incredible story. Her perseverance, and her courage to stand up and make such a positive change in her village is extremely inspiring.”