The Story Behind Aya & Pete!

We are pleased to announce our latest publication - "The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete!" Written by Serena Minott and Asha Gore (mother and daughter), and beautifully illustrated by Carolina Búzio, this brilliant children's travel book series takes children around the world as they follow the adventures of a little girl named Aya and her stuffed sloth, Pete.

The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete” is inspired by Serena and Asha's real life experiences living in Europe and South Africa and traveling around the world. At just 5 years old, Asha has attended school on three different continents and traveled to over 20 countries, including Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Turkey.


Throughout their travels, Serena sought out books to encourage her daughter’s love of reading and budding interest in the world, but soon found there was a gap in the market. This inspired Serena, an attorney, author and entrepreneur, to create a children’s book series, based on their experiences traveling together. The result is a collection of beautifully illustrated books that tell the stories of a little girl boldly exploring the world and learning a lot about different places and cultures in the process.

The first book in the series is based in Paris, where Aya & Pete practice speaking French, trying French foods, learning about the currency and geography of France, and visiting key Parisian landmarks. Additional books in the series, “The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete in London” and “The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete in New York” are scheduled for release in 2019.

Note from the Authors - These stories are inspired by our personal experiences living and traveling around the world since 2015. Asha and I have seen first-hand how much the world has to teach a young child – not only culture and language, which are important, but also empathy, compassion and the shared human experience. At a very young age, she has met children all around the world, seen how they live, learned the games they play and tasted the foods they eat. In writing these stories, we hope to inspire other children, especially girls and children of color, to see themselves in Aya and to feel empowered exploring new places and being at home in the world.

The Amazing Adventures of Aya & Pete features a diverse female lead. This fun story collection teaches children about different countries and cultures, and promotes diversity in children's literature. For children ages 3-8.