Shawnta writes children’s picture books with social and emotional learning (SEL) themes that not only support self-love and self-care, but also promote diversity and inclusion, because what we see around us colors what we see within us! Keep scrolling to see what Shawnta’s been working on!
Let’s Share! A Hair Story
Hair, especially in communities of color, may decorate our outsides, but most definitely is tied to our insides. It can reflect who we were, who we are, and who we hope to be. Let’s Share! A Hair Story is a children’s picture book about hair, but it’s also about so much more… It’s about knowing we have choices. It’s about loving ourselves and others. It’s about dreaming and believing that we can do anything! Though A Hair Story is written in celebration of children of color (both girls and boys) whose beauty and pride deserve to be honored and explored, it’s designed for anyone who wants to bring more depictions of diverse characters into their book collections. Further, it serves as an important reminder that it is never too early to share these ideals with our youngest, brightest-eyed loved ones, among all the other lessons they are learning about life!
Let’s Share! A Superhero Story
It’s extremely common for children to experience fear. Let’s Share! A Superhero Story is about pushing past fear to find inner power and peace. It first empowers children to acknowledge challenging feelings, even presenting relatable examples. It goes on to show how taking a moment to stop, breathe, and visualize can help us recognize or remember that we already possess the qualities and abilities we need to overcome obstacles big and small. We all have an inner superhero!
Let’s Share! A Hope Story
It doesn’t matter if we are by ourselves or surrounded by others, everyone feels alone sometimes. Let’s Share! A Hope Story explores some of the reasons why others may appear distant, to help overcome feelings like discrimination, isolation, and loneliness. Even more important, A Hope Story offers a special message that there are always people who care about us – and if we don’t feel like we know them already, we have got to believe that we will find them someday! Though mistrust, prejudice, and hate can be some of the most challenging topics to talk about at any age, exploring diversity and adversity with young children empowers them with the language and ideas to champion inclusion, and to remember to always have hope.
Let’s Share! A Holiday Story
Holidays present wonderful opportunities to continue teaching kids about diversity and inclusion. Let’s Share! A Holiday Story is about recognizing and accepting the wide range of holidays people celebrate. What makes A Holiday Story unique is that it focuses on feelings and behaviors associated with inclusion as a whole, as opposed to specific holidays, celebrations, or observances. It can serve as a special introduction to the topic for young children, a conversation starter for older students beginning to develop research skills, and a fun, colorful, inclusive way to connect at any age or stage.
Let’s Share! A Hero Story (Coming Soon)
Just like books, songs are often near and dear to our hearts as we grow up. Let’s Share! A Hero Story is lyrical piece inspired by the popular classic, You Are My Sunshine. However, in stark contrast to the melancholy of the original, A Hero Story is an uplifting poem about love, support, fear, and hope. It’s also about sometimes being apart, but always feeling together. Whether read traditionally, or sung in tune, it offers a beautiful way to kick off a great day, to prepare for a good night, and to create a special moment.