Released in 2018, “Amoras” (Blackberries), a children’s book written by rapper Emicida, is on the Nielsen PublishNews ranking of bestselling books in Brazil in the period ranging from June 14th to July 14th.
The book published by Companhia das Letras under its children’s book imprint, Companhia das Letrinhas, ranked 3rd in the Fiction list. The publishing house is a member of Brazilian Publishers – an industry project fostering the exports of Brazilian editorial content by means of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).
“Amoras” is based on the eponymous song, in which the rapper says: “Que a doçura das frutinhas sabor acalanto/Fez a criança sozinha alcançar a conclusão/Papai que bom, porque eu sou pretinha também” (The sweetness of the small lullaby-flavored fruits/ Made the child to come to the conclusion alone/ Dad, that’s great because I’m black, too). The book talks openly to black children and tells a story that is simple and poetic at the same time, showing them the importance of recognizing ourselves in the small details of the world and being proud of them, as kids and as adults, too.
“Amoras” was written by Emicida and illustrated by Aldo Fabrini. See the full Nielsen PublishNews Bestsellers List here.
Leandro Roque de Oliveira is the given name of the rapper from São Paulo, who is one of the major names in such music genre in Brazil. His discography includes albums such as “Emicídio” (2010), “Sobre Crianças, Quadris, Pesadelos e Lições de Casa…” (2015) and “AmarElo” (2019), among others.
Besides “Amoras”, the rapper also wrote the anthology “Pra quem já mordeu um cachorro por comida, até que eu cheguei longe” (Considering I had to fight a dog for food, I‘d say I achieved a lot), published in 2019 by LiteraRua.
About Brazilian Publishers
Created in 2008, Brazilian Publishers is a sector project that encourages the export of content produced by Brazilian publishing houses. It is a result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber – CBL and Apex-Brasil (Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency). This initiative aims to promote the Brazilian publishing industry in the global market, contributing to the professionalization of the nation’s publishing houses.