Children’s book empowering Coast kids


The Gold Coast writer of a new children’s book hopes to empower and inspire young people across Australia.

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Author Anita Kissi has unveiled her new book at Goodstart Early Learning Centre Varsity Lakes. Photo: Supplied

Aimed at children aged six and under, Little Hope, Big Hope tackles multiculturalism, diversity and equity with its story of orphans meeting a “kangaroo fairy” who takes them on a journey of self-discovery.

Author Anita Kissi said her legal studies background inspired her to cover hard topics relating to international human rights law in a way that could appeal to young children.

The Bond University law student first decided to write the book as a way to channel her passion for children’s rights and fear of children being “forgotten”.

“Who runs the world? Adults. Children can’t verbalise or communicate how they feel but every human being has those values to love and be loved,” she said.

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Anita shares the book with four-year-old Willow Louw from Palm Beach. Photo: Supplied

“For me performing was my way of finding hope, so growing up I found music was a good outlet for me. It’s important to give children a sense of hope, a sense that things can get better.”

Teacher’s aide Nita Cappion has been working with small children for several years, and said books like Ms Kissi’s were important in opening a dialogue with children about important issues.

“Having storylines to go with these themes, kids like to talk it out more than just getting a happy book you can go through,” she said.

“If the topics are thoughtful, kids like to talk about it so they can understand it more.”

Little Hope, Big Hope is available via Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or by visiting


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