"Joni Loves Her Macaroni" is a short, entertaining and rhythmic children's book sharing the love of a mother-daughter duo spending quality time together. It is a great book for early readers. The bright and colorful illustrations make reading fun and engaging. The strong, female protagonist captures Black girl magic. It is strongly recommended for children 2 to 5 year olds to develop vocabulary, learn about ingredients, how to make one of America's most loved dishes, and how to rhyme!
Anne Sibley O'Brien, the keynote speaker, discussed her research with Krista Aronson and the website: https://diversebookfinder.org/
Melissa-Sue John, mother, psychology professor, diversity expert, researcher, children’s book author, and a publisher at Lauren Simone Publishing House (www.laurensimonepubs.com), had the privilege of meeting like minded authors, illustrators, publishers, editors and librarians who are invested in increasing and promoting diverse children’s and young adult literature.