— Inspired by Sasha and Malia Obama, “I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl!” is the first edition in a twelve part book series, “The I’m A Girl! Collection” hailed by Chris Rock, Ruby Dee, John Singleton and Debbie Allen as an inspiring self empowerment reading tool for young women of color – available on Amazon.com with deluxe hard copies available at Target stores. —
Los Angeles, CA — In an ideal world, young girls of color would be showered with infinite messages of self-love and self-acceptance reflective of their inherent and immeasurable worth. They would be inundated with a plethora of affirming role models urging them to reach for the stars just within their grasp. Yet in 2012, there remains a dearth of these aforementioned messages and role models essential to the well-being and self esteem of young girls of color in the United States. In one fell swoop Betty K. Bynum – an accomplished journalist, screenwriter, and actress (ER, Law & Order, Death At A Funeral), brazenly steps in to fill the void with her multifaceted The I’m A Girl Collection. Promulgating positive images and mantras to young girls of color ages 2-9, the collection finds its genesis in a series of 12 children’s books authored by Bynum and illustrated by prolific English illustrator/animator Claire Armstrong Parod (Space Jams, Curious George) – beginning with the inaugural title I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl!
“When I looked at the section of books for children of color, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Our girls have a beautiful abundance of colors, but they don’t get celebrated as they should. The I’m A Girl! Collection really does fill the void for girls of color that have not been included in the big picture,” says Bynum.
The I’m A Girl Collection book series represents an ethnic inclusiveness amongst young girls of color in many ways unparalleled in any other children’s series. I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl! seeks to engender a positive self-image amongst young black girls – a sentiment largely absent in the children’s book market. I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl! follows the main character Mia on her wondrous journey from waking up dismayed at seeing her disheveled hair to her marvel of an epiphany of self acceptance and self love.
Initially courted by children’s book publisher Candlewick Press and global publishing giant Harper Collins for over a year, Bynum made the decision to helm the series through her own DREAMTITLE PUBLISHING – securing an exclusive deal with retail monolith Target in the process. Subsequent titles in the series include I’m A Lovely Little Latina! (2015), I’m An Awesome Asian Girl!, Hooray! I’m A Girl In The USA!.
Bynum has also expanded the I’m A Girl Collection to include a line of dolls celebrating an array of hues and hair textures which will arrive in stores in time for Christmas season 2013. Esteemed doll manufacturer Madame Alexander has signed on to exclusively fabricate the series of 18” vinyl dolls designed by illustrator Lawrence Christmas (Jim Henson, Nickelodeon).
“I carry the love of our girls and our women in my heart so deeply. There is no book on the market that celebrates little black girls in the way they should be celebrated and honored. The bottom line is that it serves our girls in a way that they’ve long been ignored.”
HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
“It’s a book we’ve been waiting for. A lovely book for our girls. It will give your girls confidence so the stripper pole won’t!” — Chris Rock, Comedian
“I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl! is a glorious and delightful story of a little girl’s self-declaration of her own beauty. It is a celebration of our beautiful bounty of shades and colors.” — Debbie Allen, Director/Producer/Choreographer
“This is a book that our little girls need. I’m a Pretty Little Black Girl! is a well-written story with an affirmation of all our colors. It is a tribute to our little girls and a ‘heads up’ for our boys to take note of their beauty. It’s time for a children’s book like this. Bravo Betty! for taking a brave step and putting it on the page.” — John Singleton, Director
“What a lively, happy young girls’ book for helping to reinforce physical and spiritual self-esteem, and appreciation of others.” — Ruby Dee, Academy Award Actress
For more details, visit www.theimagirlcollection.com