World History Paper Doll book cover
Cover of the World History Paper Doll Mama Ocllo Coya paper doll book
The World History Paper Dolls, a planned series of educational and beautiful paper doll history books that help kids ages 6-14 learn about diverse cultures and history through play, launched its first book project on Kickstarter. On September 15, the first day of Latinx Heritage Month, creator Cristina Valverde was delighted that the project received a $1,000 pledge from the Creative Capital x Skoll Creator Fund, which supports innovative and impactful Kickstarter projects by US-based Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx creators.
The first World History Paper Doll book is a 110-page, full color, source-based book about Mama Ocllo Coya, the coya (empress) of Tawantinsuyu (the Inca Empire) in 1491. The Kickstarter campaign aims to raise at least $10,000 before October 5, 2022 to fund the first printing of the book. Kickstarter supporters can pledge at three different levels of support. At the first level, supporters will receive one copy of the book, which arrives in a special storage folder that kids can use to store the paper doll and her clothes and accessories. Supporters at the second level will also receive a poster version of an Inca Family Tree. At the third level, supporters will also receive a digital teaching guide about how parents and teachers can use the book to teach kids about Inca history.
As a Bolivian American, Cristina started the series in Tawantinsuyu because her ancestors started there, but the series will continue with future paper doll books about the life stories of other real people from diverse cultures living in the year 1491. "Part of the inspiration for creating this book was my very distinct memory of spending an entire year of class in middle school learning exactly how European feudalism worked. Why should kids with diverse ancestries themselves be taught so extensively and exclusively about life in medieval Europe, but not life in the medieval Americas? When historical European clothes, castles, and terms are all kids learn about beginning in their earliest years, it centers European culture in kids' minds as the default for what it means to learn about history. These books are an effort to help change that."
About World History Paper Dolls
World History Paper Dolls is a planned series of paper doll history books that help kids ages 6-14 learn about diverse cultures and history through play. Each paper doll book features the life story and culture of a historical figure, along with their paper doll, clothes, and accessories based on real items and art from that culture, and an illustrated glossary of terms. The books are created in collaboration with artists and scholars from the living culture being taught. Kids can grow into each World History Paper Doll book, because there are special chapters for younger readers (aged 6+) and for older readers (aged 10+).
Learn more about World History Paper Dolls at www.worldhistorypaperdolls.com, and on Instagram and Facebook @worldhistorypaperdolls. The World History Paper Dolls Kickstarter campaign is at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tinav29/world-history-paper-dolls-mama-ocllo-coya.
Founder, World History Paper Dolls
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