Stacey Became A Frog One Day is my first published children’s book although I’ve had three children’s stories published before.* It is the first of 15 separate children’s manuscripts that I have written. Publishing it, is a long-delayed investment in myself.
Other than staying safe and sane, getting Stacey published is what I accomplished during the Covid-19 pandemic, when the majority of my paid work, most of which was designed around public events, programs and meetings, evaporated. When the public couldn’t gather, I had free time.
I also met a young woman, Delanda Coleman, who’d self-published her first children’s book, More Than A Princess, and offered to work with me to get my book done. Hiring her was an incredibly liberating experience. She is Director of Product Marketing for a major software company and knows how to segment projects into discreet parts and to get a project completed. She is a dream-maker for me. (I hope I didn’t wear her out so much in this first project that she won’t continue for the next three manuscripts which I have lined up and am working on umpteenth drafts of.)
Stacey Became a Frog One Day is the type of simple picture book that I loved reading as a young mother to my children and as a grandmother to my grandchildren. I enjoy reading children’s books and have collected children’s books myself with a particular fondness for books featuring children who are Black and Brown.* I used to review children’s books for the Bay State Banner newspaper, The Horn Book, and for the School/Library Journal. I also gift children’s books to newborns and young children in the random booking that I do when traveling on public transportation.****
Back to Stacey, it is meant to be read aloud to a child. Stacey Became a Frog One Day: follows the days of the week; builds vocabulary as it describes the movements of the animals Stacey “becomes”; features a loving Black family; and shows the joy of being a Black girl
You’re invited to attend the Stacey Became a Frog One Day virtual event with The Black & Brown Book Club for Saturday, November 21 at 11:30am. The event will include giveaways and a Q&A session with me and with founders of BBBC. The event is free. Please pass on the invite and RSVP HERE
I hope to see you there. Thank you.
*You can read the two stories I had published in Ebony Jr. and The DIctopedia here.
**Turns out I did wear Delanda out, so I am hunting for another Project Manager for my second children’s picture book.
***In 1980, I co-produced, with Judy Richardson, a Third World Children’s Book and Film Festival at the Harriet Tubman House in Boston.
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