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Book Title: Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams by Deedee Cummings
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 29 pages
Genre: Children’s Book
Publisher: Make a Way Media
Release date: June 1, 2021
Purchase Link. MakeAWayMedia
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A five-book series, Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess is a heartwarming story about family, role models, dreams, and discovering a determination for growth.
The Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess series of #OWNVOICE books is for Dreamers and the Doers of all ages. This diverse picture book series is a heartwarming look at the importance of family, speaking our truth, dreaming freely, and knowing our worth. Book 2 is part of a five-part series that shines the spotlight on a little Black girl who never lets anything get in the way of her dreams.
Parents, Caregivers, and Educators: By investing in this series, you help every child see that Black and Brown girls can be leaders, princesses, and the stars of their own stories. Children need to read stories that include characters who look like them. Offering these types of books to young readers is an essential part of building self-esteem, cultivating empathy, encouraging tough conversations, and letting children of color know they matter.
The Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess series is inspired by real-life budding Broadway Star, Kayla Pecchioni: a young Black woman who has always lived her life by believing in herself while letting nothing get in the way of her dreams.
Meet the Author:
As a therapist, attorney, CEO of Make A Way Media, and author of fifteen children’s books, Deedee Cummings has a passion for ensuring equality, inclusion, and social justice for the next generation. Since her first book published in 2014, Cummings has been on a mission to help young dreamers and doers “see themselves” in the pages of the books they read.
Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field, and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care.
By the end of 2021, this #OWNVOICES author will have fifteen diverse children’s books to her credit, including the Rapid Release of her Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess five-book series. All fifteen of Cummings’ diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life.
Cummings is also the founder and creator of the Louisville Book Festival, a literacy-based celebration in Louisville, KY, celebrated on October 22nd and 23rd, 2021.
In the second book about Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess, we find Kayla washing dishes and looking out the window. As she’s busy washing dishes in her bright tutu, she sees someone high up in the tree. It bothers her that someone is up in the tree and she goes outside to investigate. She yells to the person in the tree and wants them to come down before they break a bone. Then, a little boy jumps down to the ground.
Kayla doesn’t know this child and asks him his name. He tells her that he is Tommie Leigh and that he is new to the neighborhood. He says that his parents are newly divorced and he is living with his dad. He’s not sure, but hopes to see his mom in the summer. Kayla introduces herself as Kayla the Princess. They talk a lot and Tommie says that he sees a therapist because his mom is not around. Kayla says that dance is her therapy. Tommie says that football is also his therapy. Before Tommie rushes off to football practice he volunteers to help Kayla wash dishes.
They become friends and Kayla tells him that he can come everyday to wash dishes at 4 o’clock.
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