Why Diverse Books Matter
All children need to see themselves in the books they read. Children are impacted when they feel left out and those negative feelings often have lasting effects into adulthood. Books serve as windows for young readers, enabling them to glance into the lives of other children, who live different experiences. Also, when a child sees themselves in the books they read, it builds confidence and helps make them feel validated.
‘The Amazing Zoe’ series answers the urgent call for more diversity in children’s literature, namely children’s Canadian literature. The Amazing Zoe seeks to elevate the voices of children who have been traditionally marginalized, while offering an opportunity for cultural exchange. Each story’s illustrations appropriately demonstrate equitable multiculturalism with the vision of fostering diverse and compassionate leaders of tomorrow; more of the way in which we wish to see the world. The poignant storylines consist of educational opportunities for boys and girls ages 0-9+ yrs. The stories uniquely delve into everyday ‘real-life’ topics such as hygiene, health & safety, friendship, nature and various social issues, to humanize the experiences of children of colour. After reading any book from this series, you and your child(ren) will enjoy insightful, thought-provoking conversations that are perfect for the classroom or family time at home.
I’m excited to offer fun and interactive virtual author visits for groups of 10, or more to share The Amazing Zoe stories. Stop by the ‘Author Visits’ page to learn more.
From Mayor Bonnie Crombie of Mississauga
On February 17th, Canada celebrated National #ireadcanadianday – a time when Canadian authors are highlighted for their contribution to our literary culture, and when fellow Canadians are encouraged to support their work.
Mayor Bonnie Crombie shares the importance of diverse and inclusive children’s literature while giving a special shout-out to ‘The Amazing Zoe’.