and Author Chats
Diversity in the Children's Literature Industry
Presenting research and supportive information from the widely respected Children's Cooperative Book Center (CCBC) and other groups committed to diversity and equity in literacy, I will lead an informative and eye-opening discussion with your group or organization about the wide diversity gap that still exists in the children's literature industry.
Experts agree that the lack of representation of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) characters in children's books may have a harmful emotional impact and negative implications for children of Color. Yet, the percentage of books that are published each year continue to reflect a gap in diversity that is far too wide. What can be done? Let's talk about it.
Although strides are being made by BIPOC authors in the last few years, the numbers are troubling, as it pertains to both authors and characters of Color. Every child deserves to see characters who look like them in the books they read. It helps them see themselves as valued and included in the world around them. We CAN make a difference for our children.
The Road to Excellence in Reading
I enjoy speaking to adult groups about the importance of early literacy preparation, which educators and experts agree, begins at home. My book, "Is Your Child an Excellent Reader? Unleashing Your Child's Genius Potential," provides an excellent point of discussion regarding how critical it is for children to be prepared for learning and reading by meeting certain pre-reading milestones before entering school.
This book is an excellent tool for parents, caregivers, and childcare workers, as it provides helpful information, practical tips, and resources to assist them in guiding children into reading excellence. We know, by doing so, it opens the doors of opportunity for excellence in so many other areas as well.
I feel parents and caregivers are best served and prepared to guide their children into reading excellence when they are reminded that:
It is Never Too Early - Make Pre-Reading a Priority
Independent Readers Still Need Guidance
Learning to Read vs. Reading to Learn - a Crucial Period
It is Never Too Late - Reaching Reluctant Readers
Who Wants to Be an Author?
Are You Ready to Write Your Story?
Everyone has a story.
Let's have a discussion about the steps it takes
to share yours with the world.
Whether you are an experienced writer or you've never written a paragraph before... it doesn't matter. If it's in your heart, it deserves to be in a book. It's not as difficult as you may think.
The self-publishing industry is booming! Since the 2020 Pandemic, the market has grown exponentially. Whether it's a memoir, inspirational, self-help, children's book or an imaginative novel... I can show you how to make your author dreams a reality.
I am available to speak to your group or host a writer's workshop to help start the next group of storytellers on their journey to becoming self-published authors!