Diana Ejaita is the author and artist. Her Black figures and textured hand-lettering inspired bold design. Her fearless use of black allowed us to keep the text simple, and have a black jacket with a map case.
Diana Ejaita works as an illustrator and textile designer in Berlin. What sets her illustrations apart is a combination of dramatically contrasting areas of black and white with soft patterns and textures that create images that portray the strength of femininity. Born in Cremona, Italy, her aesthetic pays homage to her lineage. "I am mostly into Central African culture; I love its literature, arts and textile traditions. But as a child of migration and of interracial parents, I am very driven by the issues of colonial/post-colonial effects, racial and gender discrimination, and identity research." Residence: Berlin, Germany Hometown: Cremona, Italy
This book was created by Rise x Penguin Workshop. Rise’s mission is to engage, empower, and evolve the youngest readers (ages 0-5) with authentic, relevant, and elegant books.
Olu lives in Lagos, Nigeria; his cousin, Greta, lives in Milan, Italy. Though their lives may be different, their ways of living and playing are quite similar. They both roller skate; they both skip down the street; they both play with toy trains, trucks, and boats... and they both dream of meeting and being together. Debut author-illustrator Diana Ejaita references her own childhood and heritage to create a rich, poignant, and authentic portrayal of Nigeria, of Italy, and of the unity of childhood.
Trim Size: 9.5 x 10.5 inches
Number of Pages: 32
Paper: Text pages were printed in 4-color on 140gsm woodfree paper. Jacket was printed in 4 color on 140gsm woodfree paper
Typefaces: The text is set in Futura Infant. The jacket was hand-lettered.
Creative Director: Daniel Moreton
Art Director: Maria Elias
Book Designer: Maria Elias
Jacket/Cover Designer: Maria Elias
Illustrator: Diana Ejaita
Production Director: Araselly Rodriguez
Other Credits: Cecily Kaiser - Associate Publisher, Early Childhood
Olu and Greta
Book and Cover
Winner - AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2022
Book Title: Olu and Greta
Publisher: Rise × penguin Workshop
Author/Editor: Diana Ejaita / Cecily Kaiser
“I love the saying ‘books make friends.’ This is a book about friendship, and it’s made for the children who read it to imagine a more living, caring, friend-filled world. A total work and great addition to any child's bookshelf.”
- 50 Books Winner