Journey to Appleville
A bright and colorful children's book for all multicultural families. The book has a clear focus on big red, green and golden yellow apples; seen on the book cover.
Tell us about your business’ mission:
Diversity in children's books are lacking. Just last year, the Cooperative Children's Book Center reported that out of 3,400 children's books, only 270 were about African Americans, 113 focused on Asian Americans, 83 were about Latinos, and 42 centered around Native Americans. As a multicultural author of Journey to Appleville, I'm determined to change this trend and spread awareness of the importance of cultural representation. Additionally, Journey to Appleville has been written to engage the 22-28 percent of non-readers, children who read less than 45 minutes a week, by creating a story related to who they are.
Best thing about your work:
Journey to Appleville explores: the importance of putting power back into the hands of diverse cultures in a story that is reflective of who they are as individuals and as storytellers; teaching children to be kind and friendly to each other, no matter how different they might be from each other; why cultural representation in books is critical for multicultural children and their families; and the power that comes from successfully overcoming fears and helping others work through their own uncertainties.
Why are you excited to partner with the YWCA?
Partnering with YWCA is not only a strategic opportunity, but a needed engagement to continue the combined mission of eliminating racism and providing women opportunities, to the mission of Journey to Appleville—which is to put power back into the hands of diverse cultures in a story that is reflective of who they are as individuals and as storytellers.