Name: Ko Kitty rāua ko Kirsten māua, Nō Reo Pēpi māua / We are Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson, together we are Reo Pēpi.
Role: Ko te ringa toi a Kirsten-Kirsten is the illustrator. Ko te kaituhi a Kitty-Kitty is the author. Engari! Ko whakawhitiwhiti māua! However we are both multitaskers. We take on all aspects of keeping Reo Pēpi happy!
Company: Reo Pēpi has been publishing pukapuka since 2015. We make beautiful, board books for kiwi whānau. We are read aloud and Te Reo Māori champions.
Our first job in publishing was: Reo Pēpi! Ko timatanga māua! We are fortunate beginners.
We’re currently reading:
Kitty: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy plus Toitoi 14 and The Power of 1 (with Tama), Korero Mai series (with Kuini)
Kirsten: Te Karaka-Ngāi Tahu’s fabulous quarterly publication.
Our biggest career highlight in publishing has been: Kua haere ki Tamaki Makaurau mo IBBY i 2016-We attended the IBBY Childrens Literature Festival in 2016 which was wonderful. Kei te pakihi māua! We are in business! This is a highlight in itself! We love creating pukapuka and sharing them.