If you know me or have seen my photos on Instagram, you know I love books and I love libraries. I can’t envision my world without books and libraries. The library is to me what candy store is to a child. Fortunately, my children also enjoy books, perhaps Angelo more than Valentina but story time is special to us. They inspire me many ways. In my quest to be a better mother I’ve attend any relevant course that comes my way, the most recent was ‘Story craft with Embedded Literacy’. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the books we explored. However, I’ve noticed in all the courses I’ve attended we rarely explore children stories that feature non-white characters. The scales are not balanced. Diversity matters in literature as well. I believe being exposed to books with characters that reflect their own identity and appearance children of ethnic minority backgrounds will have a more positive self-image.
Write what you know is the advice commonly given by established authors. So, that’s what I aim to do. I’ve decided to draw from my own experiences with my children and write picture books for 4 – 7 years old black and mixed race children. I’ve completed one story-book draft. I’ve got another idea I’d like to explore. As you can imagine, I’m very excited about this new phase of my life. I feel that I’ve truly found my calling. I’ve always wanted to write but I never knew what until recently and this thrilling!!!
As I edit my work, I’m also reading as much as I can about writing, finding an agent and getting published. However it’s a totally new territory for me, being on the other side of the book experience. I’ve found very helpful websites, including publishers’ websites that offer very good advice. It’s amazing how much there is out there that’s also free. I will share that on another blog post. I’m complying as list as I find and explore them. Now that I’ve shared my dream with you, there’s no turning back. I have to make it happen.
Are you a children’s book writer? Are you thinking of writing? Do know any agents or publishers partial to books on diversity. I’d love to hear from you. And wish me luck.