Imagine being able to travel through time and space to anywhere in black history or culture. Where would you go? Who would you want to meet?
In the series “Rakeem and the Amulet”, this is actually Rakeem’s reality (so cool right? Yup. I thought the same thing). Any time he needs help or has some unanswered questions he can time travel thanks to his trusty amulet.
In "The Science Fair" release, Rakeem & his friend Eugene are able to meet famous inventors and get some help with their science project, but will it be enough for them to secure the win?
We’re always on the lookout for new books so we were honored to catch up with Steven, the co-author and illustrator of the newly released children’s book “Rakeem and the Amulet: The Science Fair”.
Check out the highlights below!
What inspired you to write this book?
So me and my fiancé have a one year old who loves to be read to. We realised that there aren't many books with a non-white protagonist and wanted to create a character he can relate to. The book also teaches a little bit of black history.
Is this your 1st release? What was the process like?
This is the first book we have written and illustrated.[….] It was fun but very stressful because it means so much.
We saw your post about ideas for upcoming topics, are there any books currently in the pipeline? What’s next for Rakeem & Eugene?
There are other books in the process of being researched for. They include possibly Egypt, the civil rights movement and martial arts.
There will be many different characters throughout the books but Rakeem is the only consistent character.
What is your vision for this series?
I really hope to make this a successful series and I truly feel it has a lot to offer. I want it to help create different characters that children can relate to and tell parts of history that don't always get recognised the way that they should.
This new release is available now on Amazon and you can also keep up with all the series updates on their Instagram @artishldn.
We can't wait to see where Rakeem time travels to next!