Story to Tell Books is committed to creating books that are a tribute to the beauty and power people of color possess. The books are full of positive narrative and visual images to counter the negative ones that now consume our mainstream media. In the first three books, I Am a Boy of Color, I Am a Girl of Color, and Cloth Crown, children represent all different ethnic backgrounds. Engaging in the joy of childhood, they more accurately reflect what we see in our homes and communities: amazing children of color that will become phenomenal men and women!
Zephaniah (12) & Zion (8), Co-Chairmen of the Story To Tell Books, have raised thousands of dollars for worthy organizations through a variety of social impact ventures, from selling their art work to hot chocolate stands!
Proceeds from the book sales also help them continue to do that work because they redistribute those proceeds to OTHER organizations. As co-chairmen, they are committed to choosing projects that foster positive images and opportunities for children of color!
In this presentation, Deanna will read the book out loud, and ask children to think of positive words about themselves. For older children, she will also talk about the writing and publishing process!
The session will end with all of the students doing an activity where they draw a picture of themselves into frames from the book and write an affirming word about themselves!
Children’s literature is an important way to engage children in the love of learning. Teachers will tell you that if children see themselves in their literature they are more likely to be engaged. Unfortunately, even though children of color make up more than 50% of our country’s school-aged children, few children’s books actually feature children of color.
In this talk, Deanna shares how the book came to fruition and how teachers, parents, and educators have the power to make all children feel included.
The Story to Tell Books team loves working with districts that want to look for a more comprehensive approach to diversity in their schools. Two popular talks that we often customize for districts and community groups are How to Talk to Kids About Race and a 5 part series on How to Lead with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Zephaniah and Zion have also done presentations that focus on the writing process from a student's perspective!
So, they created a t-shirt company called “Young and Woke” to feature some quotes from some of their favorite social justice leaders!
P.S. If your organization is looking for a custom-made Young and Woke shirt, just REACH OUT to us and we can make that happen for you!