Hi, I'm a self-published author, based in Wisconsin, I was born and raised in South Africa. I have published Four outdoor children’s books Adventure Day, Sunset Hike, Spring Hike, and summer camping
I found very few books for my daughter with black characters. Those I found focused on celebrating skin color, hair, and basically celebrating things that are unique about their identity. While those types of books are very much needed, I saw a gap in books where diverse kids were outdoors enjoying nature. So I went ahead and published nature-themed pictures.
I have been a volunteer at hike it baby for over six years, I love and care deeply about this organization because they are dedicated to creating opportunities and removing barriers to access so families with babies and young children can take their first steps outside
I believe kids need to be exposed to diversity right away and outside. Take them to ethnic restaurants, go to museum exhibits and cultural events, and read books celebrating other cultures.