SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – Curacao’s Biblioteka Nashonal Korsou (BNK) library has selected a story by Sint Maarten-based children’s author Loekie Morales for inclusion in its new 15-story compilation for 2021, Beyond Kultura Foundation (BKF) said in a press statement on Wednesday.
“When I learned from BNK that my work would be included in their prestigious storybook, I was super-happy,” said Morales, whose Beyond Kultura Foundation launched its own anthology, Captured by Corona, In March 2021.
The theme of this year’s book is What I Would Like To Be. Authors were asked to write about a child in Curaçao who is choosing a profession.
Says Morales: “My story, Wat Shisha echt wil worden (What Shisha Really Wants to Be), concerns an 11-year-old girl who learns about the limited job opportunities that her mother and grandmother endured. Shisha knows that she can study, and she chooses to become a pilot — a profession still mainly chosen by boys. By pursuing her dream, she can help others in remote areas.”
This year’s BNK storybook will serve as a gift for Children’s Book Week and be distributed to all primary schools in Curaçao.