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The need for multicultural books.

June 4, 2015
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My interactions with children over the years has given me a ton of ideas for writing. It has also shown me the need for more multicultural books in classrooms and homes. Children of all shades and ethnic backgrounds have the right to sit in a classroom and listen to or read books that have characters that look like they do. A few years ago, one of my African-American (not a fan of the word “black”) female student was staring at another student’s hair during circle time. The next day she told me that she hated her hair and wanted longer hair like some of the other girls. This saddened me. I thought about my childhood and some of my struggles with self hatred. I let her know much I loved her afro puffs, the colorful barrettes, and the sound of the beads that she wore in her hair. This was my attempt to plant the seed of love for oneself in this beautiful little girl.

A few years later, I came across the book. “I Love My Hair!” written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and illustrated by E.B. Lewis. The students were fully engaged as I read the story. Seeing the smiles on the faces of two African Americans girls faces was a wonderful feeling. If only I had the book three years earlier. Heck, 40 years ago!!

Below is a picture of four of my students. One African American, two Chinese, and Caucasian. This is why I write.
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I’m ready! I think.

May 26, 2015
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I find myself writing my first blog. What will I blog about? Maybe this mental journey that I’m on. The one that will lead me to becoming that person that so many have told me that I am. A writer. I think it’s time that I believe them. Believe in me. When I look back at my first post, I only want to see a remnant of that person.
My intent is to post once a week. As painful as it may be, there will be times that I share my work. Will 2015 be the year that I publish something? Inside of me, I have the burning desire to create, to be heard, to live. Can I “an introvert” actually see this through fruition? Yeah, I can do it!

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou