Author/Actress Betty K. Bynum feels that in an ideal world, young girls of color would be showered with messages of self-love and self-acceptance reflective of their inherent worth. They would be inundated with affirming role models. Yet in 2014, there remains a dearth of these things essential to the well-being and self esteem of young girls of color Betty K. Bynum steps in to fill the void with her multifaceted The I’m A Girl Collection. Encompassing positive images and mantras to young girls of color ages 2-9, the collection finds its genesis in a series of 12 children’s books– beginning with I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl! The book series itself was inspired by a confluence of events – including the introduction of President Barack Obama’s daughters Sasha and Malia into American public life. After a visit to a local bookstore’s children’s section, Bynum was further inspired to push forward due to lack of books for young girls of color. The I’m A Girl Collection allows Bynum to be a conduit for the voice of the next generation of young women of color. Illustrated by prolific English illustrator/ animator Claire Armstrong Parod (Space Jams, Curious George).
The book is currently an eBook available at Amazon.com and hardcover in all Target retail stores.
Priced at $9.99, the I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl! is available on Amazon and this book will be followed by the I’m A Lovely Little Latina! eBook. In addition to the books targeted to each specific ethnicity, the I’m A Girl series will also include Hooray! I’m A Girl In The USA.
You can view the collection online HERE.