According to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, of the 3,400 children’s books published last year, 278 were about Africans/African Americans and only 71 of them were written and/or illustrated by us.
As a mother of a voracious young reader, it became increasingly clear how true these findings are. My attempts to find books that represented my son, his experiences and even his family or friends were often futile.
“Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity. What is the message when some children are not represented in those books? Where are black children going to get a sense of who they are and what they can be?" Walter Dean Myers, Best Selling Children's Author
Kaesani is your #1 resource to children's literature written about people of the African diaspora - linking parents and readers to all the magical content there is to offer.
Representation and inclusion are important for children especially in their formative years. Our main aim is to help build self confidence in our young kings and queens through being represented. This we hope will encourage them to read more which can not only spark their imaginations but also inspire them. We also aim to increase the awareness of all melanin-filled children’s literature.