Coco loves her curly hair is an inspirational children’s book written to inspire children early in life to be unapologetically who they are and to celebrate their own differences and the uniqueness and differences of others.
This book encourages young minds to love and accept themselves and others and to know that they are perfect just the way they are? We can love and appreciate each other whatever our race and culture, ultimately this is a universal message of self-love and self-acceptance.
This is the first book in The Little Coco Series which will deal with self-love, self-acceptance, inclusion and difference.
The world is a diverse place full of diverse people, yet there are few Children's Books which portray or celebrates diversity and inclusion.
Can you remember the children books you read when you were growing up, with familiar characters like Goldilocks or Snow White? If you think back very few of these characters if any were from a diverse background.
Last year an Arts Council report revealed that only 1% of children's books from 2017 had a black or minority ethnic (BAME) character and only 4% of children's books featured a non-white character at all.
This means some kids grow up not seeing themselves or their family represented in any of the books they read and this omission can signal that they are not important.
Growing up, I did not see many images of little girls or boys who looked like me or who had hair like mines. I also did not see many older girls who had bold curly hair, in fact most had straight hair and I wanted to be like them.
When I was old enough I chemically straightening my curly hair to meet the popular beauty standards I saw growing up. I wish I had this book as a child back then, to show me that my curly hair was beautiful and perfect just as it was.
I wrote this book for children of all cultures to encourage children to embrace diversity and differences. I wanted to write a book with an important lesson that could be read by young children everywhere.
This book is about a little girl called coco who loves her afro textured hair and likes it when her mum styles her hair. Coco wants a new style for her hair every day of the week and her mum styles her hair in seven different styles, a new style for each day.
This educational book will help young children of all cultures celebrate the beauty and versatility of afro textured hair while learning about the days of the week.
Please help get this book into the hands of as many children as possible, to help spread the message of self-love, acceptance and diversity. Your contribution will go towards:
- Completing design and illustrations
- Purchasing of ISBN numbers
- Editing fees
- Ebook, paperback conversion, design and formatting
- Copyright fees
- Book printing
- Packaging and shipping of rewards
- Kickstarter fees
Risks and challenges
The book has already been written, I am currently working through the illustration process and I plan to self-publish via Creatspace (using my own ISBN's), so there is minimal risk involved overall.
I have already taken on the biggest risks myself with out-of-pocket costs for the initial concept from the illustrator and Kickstarter video. I have already factored those costs into the rewards.
Risk: The campaign becomes wildly successful, and fulfilment takes more time than anticipated.
Solution: I will secure additional help for the fulfilment of rewards.
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