Meet the people behind Book Prunelle.
Our project partners
Co-founders : Kristin Groves & Kaaveh Shoamanesh
I struggled with anxiety for most of my life. In my first year as an elementary school teacher, there was a day I couldn’t take it anymore because of all the fights, bickering and tears. Therefore, I stopped teaching the lesson that day. They looked at me like I was crazy. I began to share my stories as a child and I asked them to share theirs. The flood gates opened! Divorce, deportation, moving, anxiety, bullying (at home and at school), and lack of self confidence! No wonder these kids couldn’t focus. I opened up the conversation, gave them a safe place to speak and they took it.
I grew up struggling to deal with my mom’s diagnosis of schizophrenia. I didn’t tell my friends. I didn’t tell my teachers. I didn’t know what I was coming home to. It totally consumed me. I had to grow up fast and deal with things that kids shouldn’t have to. Now as a dad, I know how important it is to talk about mental health and social conscious topics, especially with my son, Jaxson. I have to make sure I keep an open and honest relationship with him.
Our creative team
Aleksandra has inherited a great passion for life from her closest family members as they come from a creative field of occupation. Always a learner she has studied in four universities rapidly changing environment, travelled around 24 countries.
Beata Pekalska is a professional children’s book illustrator. For Beata, creating illustrations is not only a job but a passion. She is happy to create colorful illustrations that bring smiles to children’s faces.
Juliana Herrera is a graphic designer from El Salvador. She loves creating character design, portraits, pattern design, children’s books illustrations, vector illustration and lineart. She mostly works with digital techniques, but can also manage some traditional techniques such as watercolors.
Ludovic Jivua has a degree in digital and Graphic Design. He has developed his own style: curved, clean lines. He takes a particular care to choose vibrant colors.
Tetiana (Tanya) Zeinalova is a self-taught illustrator and watercolor artist based in Lviv, Ukraine. She’s been creating artworks from a young age and developed her own style through years.