Little Professor Skye “Favorite Things” is the first in a series of children’s books targeting Black girls. It actually provides an opening where parents and educators can actively engage readers in various discussion topics where it’s math, science, technology and many gifts. Readers will immediately relate and identify with the idea of annotating their favorite things. According to it’s author “Munson Steed” he let us in on a few tid bits of information of what to expect:
Initially, Skye’s list is familiar and filled with teachable moments. She loves to begin a new day. She loves brushing her teeth and washing her face. As the day progresses, Skye’s list grows to include favorites in diverse areas of interest: Skye loves to play dress up, but she also loves soccer, martial arts, riding her bicycle in the park and tea time with her stuffed animals. Soon, Skye’s interests become more complex, but still seem natural to the character. Skye conspires with “mother nature” and gardens in a greenhouse, composes her own music, and creates pottery for the home. Skye visits the library and the museum. At both locations, she notes the importance of research and fact gathering, communal intelligence and resources. She excavates a relic and works in a science lab to create a serum that will change the world.
Seems the author was inspired by President’s Barack Obama’s quote in Feb 2013 when he stated the following:
“One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent … not being encouraged the way they need to.”
I personally am in love with the artwork. Little girls and little boys need more reading material. I especially think African American books for kids should take a front row seat in book stores nationwide. This will only happen if we support our African American authors. What are your thoughts? Are you collecting specialty books for little girls of color? We will keep you posted regarding Professor Skye’s first book signing.
To purchase your copy, visit http://littleprofessorskye.com.