“That’s why I wrote that book, because that book doesn’t exist on the shelves yet.”

We are so happy to welcome children’s author Emily Joof to The Swede-ish Podcast this week. Emily’s books – Smaka På Frukterna (Mangoes & MonkeyBread) and Hemma Här och Där (Our Favorite Things) – grew from the bedtime stories her kids requested from her and reflect their third-culture kid childhood here in Sweden. Emily talked to us about her own third-culture kid upbringing; her move to Sweden and subsequent job search; embracing her identity, creating connections and finding her tribe; raising Afro-Swedish children and how her search for children’s books led her to write her own; and her love for the amazing libraries here in Sweden. Wow, we certainly did cover a lot in 45 minutes! Huge thanks to Emily for joining us and sharing your journey with us.

You can follow Emily on Instagram via @mbifebooks and check out her website Mbife – a space for diversity and inclusion.

If you would like to know more about Sweden’s library resources, check out:

Swedish Bibliotek assocation.

The National Library of Sweden.

Luma Library for kids

Stadsbibliotek Stockholm

If you would like to read Emily’s piece on her job search. 210 job applications later – Nyheter24.se.

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