My friend is creating a children’s book where the mandate is “We aim to show young children of color that the world is not only theirs, but it is worthy of protection and love.”
What does it mean to teach and given children new narratives through which to find and value themselves? I love this idea though that the stories we tell children are so valuable in shaping their lives and realities. What would society look like if more children of all genders, races/ethnicities, and abilities had the message of their value and importance in this world reenforced? How do we celebrate children of color and children of other marginalized backgrounds?
With those thoughts and feelings I sat down to crank out a few pages of what I might have liked to see in a children’s book when I was younger. In retrospect, I would have loved to spend more time thinking about how to integrate themes to connectivity to the earth and ecology, but given that I thought, created, outlined, and painted these few pages in about a day, I’m pretty happy with the final result.