In my last blog post, I shared statistics on the increase of the single parent household and the blatant disparaging of Black men as fathers. Author, Jerry McCrae views the absentee Black father as a prevalent stereotype. To address and debunk this stereotype, he wrote a children's book entitled, “Black Fathers are real: We do exist”
I had the opportunity to read his book. My ten year old daughter loved the bright and colorful illustrations.
Demographers believe that fifty percent of all children will live with a single mom before their 18th birthday due to the rise in single motherhood.
I recently had the chance to read two really short, children, indie books. Here are my reviews.
Tilly tore her trousers
by Christel Ceraline
This book was written by a British author indicated by the words: Mum, instead of Mom or Mommy and Trousers instead of pants or jeans. Tilly tore her trousers is a very cute, short and relatable childhood story with bright and captivating illustrations. Poor Tilly tears her pants and is feeling ashamed and guilty. But Moms always know how to make their little ones feel better. This is a great story for early readers to develop vocabulary, understand different emotions (happy, sadness, guilt, and fear), and learn about solving problems. It is very important for young children to learn how to deal with emotions and how to solve problems. I also like that the book had 4 reading comprehension questions to test children’s memory and understanding of the story. The author provides the following synopsis: This book will “help [Children] understand that every misfortune in life has a bright side” and “teach them how to deal with everyday problems so that they can grow into mature and confident adults”
Rating: Five stars.
Welcome to Lauren Simone Pubs Blog! Thank you for joining our Author Spotlight.
Today we have Jerry McRae with us.
Interviewer: Jerry, please tell us about yourself.
Jerry: I’m a very social person, I love to express myself, I love to laugh, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy life to the fullest! I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and my master’s degree in library and Information Sciences from North Carolina Central University. I am a published author, writer, actor, business owner and a University Reference Librarian in Atlanta.
Interviewer: What is the name of your first published book?
Jerry: Black Fathers Are Real: We Do Exist