Making History by Writing Our Own Stories
Lauren Simone Publishing House, named after Dr. John's daughters, Olivia Lauren and Alyssa Simone, is a black- and woman-owned publishing service. In 2019, the Cooperative Book Center reported that out of 4,029 children's books, only 219 were written by Black people. Our mission is to increase that number by publishing diverse authors and illustrators to create diverse, multicultural, and inclusive children's books for all to enjoy.
During the quarantine as a result of Covid-19, the author began hosting an online storytime. At the end of each segment, she repeated the refrain: You are the “U” in Unique.
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This is a beautiful way of showing that in order to be friends with someone you don't have to be the same. Being different is what makes each person special. What a boring world this would be if we were all that same.
Children will enjoy the bright illustrations. It would be most beneficial if teachers would discuss this book in their classrooms because it addresses so many different areas. For example, young readers will see that it's okay to have a different religion than others.
I love the vulnerability of the characters. It confront possible insecurities, owning what may be seen as odd, but instead it encourages the reader to own it, own your unique design.
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