About the series
"This is Freedom" is a children's book series that will share the journey to liberation of animals that are held in various types of captivity. In releasing this series Katherine Barralaga hopes to spread awareness to generations to come as well as empower the youth to be the change they wish to see the world. Lastly, Katherine ultimately aims to give a voice to the voiceless.
Author & team
Katherine Barralaga is the author of the children’s book series titled “This is freedom” that shares the journey to liberation of various animals in captivity.
She was inspired to write this series after discovering for herself the kind of lives that animals live in captivity. As a little girl, she always loved visiting circuses, zoos, marine parks, etc. anywhere she got the chance to see wild animals up close and personal. She especially loved visiting the circus as elephants are her favorite animal.
It wasn’t until a visit to the Ringling brothers circus at the age of 19 that left her questioning the way animals are treated in the circus. She began to do research and what she found was heart breaking for her. She had no idea about the abuse these animals had to endure. This event led her to her passion for animal rights. She began joining protests outside of circuses and marine parks, She started petitions, and in 2016 she had the idea of Rayna's Story (The first book in the series) a children's book about a circus elephant and her journey to freedom. The book was published in August 2019.
Her mission for writing this series is to educate children about the welfare of animals in captivity and to inspire them to be the change they wish to see in the world.
Imane Bahni Stevens
Graphic design Illustrator
Imane Bahni Stevens is a multi-talented illustrator and artist as well as an interior and graphic designer. She is currently a Morocco-based
entrepreneur who does freelance work both locally and internationally.
She graduated from the Higher school of Fine Arts of Casablanca with a specialization in interior design in 2016. Some of her international projects include locations such as Italy, United Kingdom, and several states of the USA such as Florida and South Carolina. Her passion for art and design was birthed by her love for helping others artistically bring their ideas to life. Aside from Imane being creatively driven, she finds most inspiration and solace through nature and gardening where she observes textures, colors,
and the harmonic beauty of both plant and wildlife.
Cesar Rico Encarnacion
Cesar Rico Encarnacion is an illustrator, entrepreneur, and wildlife enthusiast. Known to some peers as the "animal encyclopedia", his passion to investigate both habitats and behaviors of all species formulated his love for art. Aside from Cesar's freelance illustrations, he is also a Florida-based contractor for decorative concrete and epoxy flooring.He is an aspiring wildlife photographer and vlogger. Other passions include dance, percussion, piano, and kayaking through Florida mangroves.