Pri Ferrari is an author, illustrator and publicist from São Paulo. She is also the highlight of this edition of the “Brazilian Author Series: SDG Book Club Special” – a project supported by Brazilian Publishers — a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil).
The writer had two works selected to appear in the United Nations’ (UN) SDG Book Club Portuguese Language – Chapter Brazil catalogue. The books “Coisa de Menina” and “Coisa de Menino”, both published by Companhia das Letrinhas, in 2016, are included in category 5 of the UN’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Gender Equality. The titles aim to show that every child can be and play with whatever they want, without worrying about stereotypes.
When creating the works, Pri wanted to tell stories and support projects with a positive impact on society: “I had the idea for a long time, it took a few years before I had the courage, the emotional and the logistics to get my hands on it. I believe that we need books and incentive materials that facilitate early childhood education. We need to surround more and more children with examples of female protagonists, black protagonists. Reference is very important for us to create bonds, affection and respect”, says the author who proud of her work.
In “Coisa de Menina”, Pri talks about the concept of what is, after all, a girl thing. The book seeks to show, even in childhood, that there are no rules and that everyone can do anything: there are boys who like to play house, and there are girls who like to build rockets. The title questions the reason for certain patterns of behavior and is for all those who believe in freedom as the best choice ― and who are sure that girls did, do and will do much more.
In “Coisa de Menino” the author is guided by the same principle of her first work, questioning what would be a boy thing. The title reminds us that there are boys who want to be a superhero, football player and astronaut, and others who dream of being rock stars and traveling the world singing for crowds. But all of them may also want to play dolls, cook delicious recipes and take dance lessons. Many boys grow up being told that they cannot act and feel the same way as girls and the book shows us that things don’t have to be that way. The work is for all those who believe that the important thing is to have the freedom to do what they want with their lives.
The SDG Book Club Portuguese Language has selected 176 national titles published in Portuguese, which encompass the 17 SDGs of the UN’ 2030 Agenda. The books listed in the catalogue are intended for children and young people and aim to disseminate literary works that encourage reflection on the themes covered in the SDGs. In addition, the material is also a support tool for teachers to introduce and teach these topics to students.
About Brazilian Authors Series
In search of boosting knowledge on modern Brazilian literature, the Brazilian Publishers, a project of Brazilian editorial content internationalization carried out by a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil), has created the Autores Brasileiros (Brazilian Writers) series, which provides information on current national writers.
About SDG Book Club
A project created by the United Nations (UN) with the support of the International Publishers Association (IPA), related to the Organization’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Its purpose is to use books as tools to encourage children between 6 and 12 years of age to interact with the SDG’s basic principles. How? By disclosing a list of books from all around the world that deal on topics related to the SDGs.
About Brazilian Publishers
Created in 2008, the Brazilian Publishers is an industry project for the promotion of Brazilian editorial content, the result of a partnership between the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil). The initiative aims at promoting the Brazilian editorial industry in the global market in a guided and organized manner, supporting the operationalization of publishers.