About Us

Formy Books is an independent family-run publisher, with a passion for own voices children’s books. Formy Books is dedicated to delivering striking children's books by Black creators from across the diaspora. Books which are 'mirrors' and 'windows' positively depicting the richness of Black cultures, for children of all backgrounds to enjoy.

What could be more exciting than guiding children on this adventure, accompanying them as they learn about the beauty outside their front doors and beyond!

The Team

Curtis Ackie

Founder & Editorial Director

An avid reader who loves sharing his passion for words with his children, Curtis wrote our first release, Later, and is the creative force behind Formy Books.

Ebony Lyon

Founder & Head of Marketing

With a background in sales, Ebony is the brains behind Formy Books. She looks after the commercial and marketing side.

Lauren Ackie


Lauren is a passionate creative with a keen eye for talent and an attention to detail. She makes sure everything is at its shiniest and best.

Our Authors


Dr Leighan Renaud

Leighan is a lecturer in English Literature, who loves all things Caribbean and all things books. Professionally, Leighan is a major advocate for a decolonised and inclusive education at all levels. She believes good representation helps children to imagine new possibilities.


Luke Elliott

Luke is an actor and writer, from Birmingham. He believes all children deserve to be seen, to feel important and that they matter.


Ogaga Emuveyan

Ogaga is a 'disgruntled old man in a disgruntled young man's body'. His desire is to contribute to creating a world where stories by Black children's book writers, which centre the lives, experiences and possibilities of Black childhood can be told and celebrated.

Our Illustrators


Constanza Goeppinger

Constanza is a Chilean freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Australia, where she studied Graphic Design.

Constanza's work focusses on women, fashion and flowers. She loves to experiment with colourful palettes and patterns.


Sydney Jackson

Sydney is a Ringling College of Art and Design graduate, based in Tennessee, USA. Sydney's goal is to help change the norm of representation in children's media, as every child should get to see someone who looks like them be the hero of the story.

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Elizabeth Lander

Born and raised on the Caribbean island of Grenada, Elizabeth studied her Masters in Illustration at the Camberwell College of Arts in London, UK. Her favourite thing to draw is the world in which we live, and highlight its beauty.


Asma Aden Mohamed

Asma specialises in 2D and 3D animation and earned her Bachelor of Arts at the Université de la lorraine in Metz, France. Asma loves travelling and discovering new cultures.

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Nina Gaillard

Nina is a freelance artist based in Georgia, USA. Her passion for art saw her graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, with a degree in Sequential Art and a minor in Storyboarding. Nina created her own freelance company, GotMoxie LLC, and is excited about all the possibilities and projects in her future.