Perfectly Brown is about an African-American little girl named Jordan Brown. Jordan’s story shows that she loves her astro-dynamic, gravity defying, hair. She loves her one dimple and she loves her BROWN SKIN. Jordan is an intelligent and cheerful little brown girl because she has the love of her family and friends. She has two other little brown girls as friends and they all love to learn. Not only is she encouraged at home by her parents, she is encouraged at school by her teacher. This is a loving and passionate, family filled book meant to demonstrate to the world that African-American families exist and support one another. But most importantly, Perfectly Brown embodies self-love.
Targeted Age Group:: 0-10
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I decided to write Perfectly Brown after taking my Goddaughter, Tynizha, to the library and noticing there were no brown children in the books. She started on my quest to encourage black children to read about themselves, but show them that black families exist.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I used parts of my life and the people in my life to create my characters. The children were based on what I imagined my children would be like. The grandparents definitely reminded me of my parents because of the love that the family shares.
My Mom also has natural hair and she does both of our hair in the morning before she goes to work. “How would you like your hair today JoJo?” she asks me as we both stand in the mirror looking at our hair. “I’ll have what you’re having Mommy” I giggle as she smiles and get out the brush then begins to put my hair in a side afro-puff ponytail with a bow. “Mommy will take a bun today Kiddo” she said while picking out my ponytail and patting me on the bottom to go in my room to get dressed for school.
Meanwhile, my Dad and brothers are in the other bathroom getting ready. “BOYS! Stop playing in the shower!” my dad tells the twins every morning while putting on his uniform. The twins never do anything without one another. Having identical brothers is sometimes fun, until they try to trick you. They’re known in school as the Brown Boys or “BB” for short because they are always switching classes with the other.
Mom always makes breakfast and lunch for all of us with special notes. My favorite note says “Don’t be afraid to be the only one to try something first.” This is always a reminder for me to do my best at school and ask questions. Mommy always says “No question goes unanswered unless you do not ask it.” I believe she must have been a poet in her last life.
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