Showing posts with label children's books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label children's books. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Children’s Book Author Tackles Skin Color and Self Care in "You're Going to Like Me, Grumble! Grumble!"

According to the National Center for Education, nearly 1 out of 4 kids say they are bullied each year. While millions of school kids head back to in-person learning after a year on lockdown, the last thing they should be worried about is being different. In “You’re Going to Like Me, Grumble! Grumble!” school children learn positive ways to deal with social differences. The inventive tale, brainchild of child advocate Tiffani Staten, shows little ones, age 5-8 years old, how to cope with difficult situations. The Hampton grad, with a heart for change, weaves a whimsical story of an unlikely hero who finds the answer to peer pressure by accepting himself. Ernest's journey is symbolic of every child who has a challenge like a disability, gender bias or the sound of a new dialect, language or tongue.

Meet Ernest Floofer, a brown, hairy being, with a kind heart and gentle soul. Ernest is just like any other Quarkian, until his family uproots and moves him to Weetown, the land of bright-colored beings. In “You’re Going to Like Me, Grumble! Grumble!” Ernest sticks out like a sore thumb and his brown color is not at all like a Weebly. The classmates laugh and jeer at him, so he tries every trick in the book to fit in, but soon Ernest learns to feel good in his own skin. He finds that his deep mocha hue is just as beautiful as the emerald greens, bright blues, or precious purples of the Weeblies. He is special on the inside and that is what counts. Staten knows this need for acceptance all too well. The brown skinned beauty was often the only African American in her classroom. It was there that she suffered from the "Imposter Syndrome" - always changing her appearance or personality to fit in with the crowd. Now, Staten stands tall just like Ernest and she teaches others to embrace their "quirkiness".

Tiffani Staten

The book, lovingly illustrated by Zachary Gladwin, shows the complexity of the skin color issue in a way only kids can understand. This gentle account of Ernest’s woes helps young readers move through the steps of self-actualization to build confidence in their appearance, as well as their innate abilities. Ernest is more than his brown, hairy covering. He “likes to draw, build things, and play outside.” It teaches youngsters that being different does not have to be “weird” or negative — it is just different from what you are used to.

“You’re Going to Like Me, Grumble! Grumble!” takes the issue a step further by showing kids how to evaluate genuine beauty. In a pilot study conducted by CNN, they found both Black and white children to hold biases against people of differing races. White children labeled Black children as dumb, and Black kids thought white kids were ugly — all because of their skin tone. This groundbreaking book helps to right this systemic wrong by bringing awareness to the underlying pigment issue that separates Americans

This timely tale of self-care and self-confidence is the perfect addition to any library, and can be found at Target, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

NFL Hall of Famer Tony Dungy newest children's book 'Carson Chooses Forgiveness'

Super Bowl winning player and coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, just released their fourth book in a children's series. This one is titled ''Carson Chooses Forgiveness,''.

Carson loved basketball practice with the Trentwood Tigers until Daniel, the star player, started showing off and hogging the ball. When Daniel refuses to pass to Carson during a drill and then makes fun of him, coach Tony and coach Lauren remind Daniel to have a better attitude. But the team, including Carson, is still upset with Daniel.

Things get worse at Trentwood’s next game when Carson’s teammates hurt their chances of winning by not passing to Daniel. As Carson sits on the bench, watching his team fall further behind and Daniel getting more frustrated, he knows he has a choice to make. Will he continue to be angry at Daniel or reach out to him? With his coaches’ help, Carson learns that even though forgiveness can be difficult, it’s the best way to make things right and move on.


Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Tiana Mermaid a new children's book by Henry Davis

It can be difficult to find children's books featuring African American characters, so I'm always happy when I find a new book to share with you. Check out "Tiana Mermaid" a book by Henry Davis.

Henry Davis, a New York City-based author, US Marine, carpenter, electrician, and poet, has completed his book “Tiana Mermaid”: an entertaining story introducing a good-natured little mermaid inspired by the author’s own young daughter.

Henry shares, “Tiana is an African American mermaid who shows love, kindness and concern for all the creatures of the Boobiest Sea. Tiana is funny and a whole lot of fun; she has an underwater Halloween and dance party. She also has special healing powers and will have you laughing from beginning to end of her adventures. You will look forward to reading more adventures from Tiana. God willing this is only the first of a series of Tiana Adventures.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Henry Davis’s book is a sweet mermaid tale for young children and independent readers.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Tiana Mermaid” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.



Thursday, February 20, 2014

The reviews are in for NAPPY, a book for little black girls.

The reviews are in for NAPPY!

NAPPY a short picture book letting young black girls know how beautiful both they and their hair are. 99¢ for kindle: NAPPY FOR KINDLE

5.0 out of 5 stars Nappy! October 2, 2013
By Cinnamon Curly Girl
Format:Kindle Edition
In a society the heralds a standard of beauty contrary to those of African Americans with highly textured hair; Nappy by George Cook III, promotes positive self image for young Black girls. This book reaffirms that we are indeed made in God's perfect image!

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read October 15, 2013
By Sammie
Format:Kindle Edition
My granddaughter enjoyed the story, I had to read it 3 times. This seems to be our nightly bedtime story. I loved the story line and how it let the reader know that it's ok to wear natural hair and as a woman that also has chosen to be natural, this book is long overdue... Thanks George for inspiring our young ladies of color!

4.0 out of 5 stars Important Message for young black girls: September 30, 2013
By Larry Sputnik
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This book is very short (only 5 pages) but carries a big message for young girls. While we all know that girls of all races eventually are faced with image issues, one particular issue that is typically unique to black girls is that of their hair and coming to terms with the fact that it does not necessarily look like the hair on their dolls or the hair on most female models in magazines or on TV. The short poem and child-friendly illustrations introduce self-awareness and pride to young children who may be confused or unsure of the beauty of their inherited attributes.

Also available for Nook: NAPPY FOR NOOK