As of 2017, Black boys are not yet represented as Princes in children’s main stream media. We have a Black Princess, but where is the Prince?
This is just one example of the lack of representation available to children of color in children’s media.
Studies show that if children grow up without seeing positive representation of themselves in media, they will have lower levels of self-esteem. Children of color are particularly vulnerable to this because their representation is less positive at times, or missing entirely.
The solution to this problem is Afro Princess Publishing.
We publish books that positively represent children of color and increase self-esteem so that they can imagine and become their highest possible selves.
Our next book ‘Princess Whitney’ will be about a little girl that goes on different adventures with her best friend Prince Marshawn. Who knows what the two will do!
And Prince Marshawn may well be the first Black Prince your child has ever seen.
The people who benefit the most from this idea are children of color who are in preschool, up to the third grade as well as their parents and teachers.
Studies show if children are not proficient in reading by the 3rd grade, they are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school.
Children are more enthusiastic about reading IF they are exposed to characters that resemble themselves.
The real potential for this idea is global, as children of color are all across the globe.
What I Will Do With $5,000
$2500 will go into releasing ‘Princess Whitney’ this spring. This includes illustration, ISBN, formatting, ordering books, marketing, and a book launch.
$2500 will go toward partnering with a traditional publishing company in the fall. At this time, all of the books Afro Princess Publishing has produced are self-published. However, partnering with a traditional publishing company will take my business to the next level by opening access to large book retailers, and an expanded customer base.