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In celebration and honor of Black History month, Mom’s Cafe Blog has some amazing children’s books to share with you lovely mommies, all written by some amazing African-American authors…and guess what ?! You get to meet the authors right here in our Black History Month Celebration Series!
This week’s Featured Children’s Book is….
Smarty Puffs: Bilingual Books for Children of Color
by Tamika Hall
About the Book
The first book in the Smarty Puffs series teaches the basic greetings! Learn how to carry on a basic conversation after reading this book with your child. This colorful book will help your child’s early reading and comprehension skills and features English and Spanish on every page.
And when the Lord is heard, it must come with power and conviction as it makes the word of God productive in someone’s life. The story is all about faith with Faith being the main character. This is the first installment of a series ‘Faith The Next Generation.
Greetings ! Saludos ! (English and Spanish Edition) (Smarty Puffs Bilingual Books for Children of Color) (Volume 1) available now on Amazon.com!
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About the Author
Tamika is known by most as a radio host and for her music or theatre, but many don’t know that she has had a love for language since childhood. Tamika fell in love with Spanish at the age of eight years old when she heard her Sunday School teacher translate for a family at a church event.
With more than ten years in education, she holds a degree in Theatre and Minor in Hispanic Studies from Washington College and has created bilingual programming for more than a decade.
Smarty Puffs was created to solve two problems. First, as a teacher Tamika saw students of color shying away from foreign language. Secondly, as a parent, she and her husband could not find books that related to their children to help spread their love for Spanish.
Tamika lives in Maryland with her hubby, Terrelle, their four children, and puppy, “Diamond.”
AUTHOR SOCIAL MEDIA
Our Author Q&A:
- What began your writing journey and what motivated you to pen this children’s book?
2. Is there one black woman from history or present day that has inspired you?
YES! I have always wanted to be Oprah, lol. I’ve probably written at least five papers about her from fifth grade through my college career. She is my business and entertainment shero.
3. In your opinion, how can we teach our children to unify people of all colors and backgrounds ?
I grew up all over the world and that taught me how to get along with people of all races and backgrounds. I learned how to connect with folks even if we didn’t speak the same language. The challenge is about bringing cultural experiences to children who may never have the opportunity to travel outside of the country. I believe that exposing children to culture through books, apps, and videos like that of Smarty Puffs is one way to bridge the gap.
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