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Jonatan Mårtens

Jonatan Mårtens



Year of birth: 1984

Place of birth: Stockholm

Contact: jonatanmartens (at)

How can picture books influence the situation for children in developing countries? Can they be a good means to increase reading ability and in the long term constitute a factor in the development process of an entire country?

I examined these questions during my mfs (Minor Field Studies) trip to Ghana. The aim of the project, which is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency sida, is to establish contacts between Sweden and developing countries, to bridge cultural differences and to exchange ideas and experiences.

My trip also resulted in a collaboration with the Ghanaian publisher Sub‑Saharan Publishers, who specialize in children’s books and children’s literature. I have illustrated a text by the Ghanaian author and storyteller Meshack Asare, who writes for children and young people from an African perspective.