I can find positive books with children of color … not a lot but they are out there if you are looking for picture books and some earlier readers. For me, the lack of variety is what concerns me. With the age of technology it’s hard to get children interested in reading and one genre that I’ve noticed that keeps my children reading is the fantasy adventure genre and there is a lack of books with children of color for them to choose from.
What kind of books do you like to expose your children to?
I have a 12-year-old son and an 8-year-old daughter and I like to expose them to a variety of books, from comic books to novels in any genre. I just want them to read, so if they are reading I’m happy. Do I wish more of their books were with characters of color? Yes. But I can’t recommend books that aren’t there.
What in your opinion are the most important thing African American authors can do to make a huge dent in the children’s publishing world?
We have to write and publish more books in all genres. We have to give mothers and children more to choose from. And we have to stick together. I would love to attend an African American children’s book event. I would love for other authors to reach out to me so that we could do something together.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers?
Yes, I started a new website just about a month ago, InsideTheBooks.com, as a way to help promote African American children’s book authors. I invite everyone to stop by, check out the books and be a part of the community.
If there is a book you would like added or an author you would like to know more about please contact me at: Info@InsideTheBooks.com
Where can one find more information about you and your books?
My website, WorldsToDiscover.com, is the best way to find out about what books I have available and what I’m up to, but it you want to chat with me, and I invite everyone to chat with me, you can find me on my Blog, Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads.
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview.