Author Spotlight-Angela Joy
Author Angela Joy shared her thoughts on creating her phenomenal book, Black is a Rainbow Color:
When my children were small, my daughter looked at me with an air of pre-school superiority and asked, “Mama, why do you keep calling us Black when really we’re brown?” It was an innocent question, but it confused me. How could I put into words what I’d learned by osmosis? It took time and reflection but the result is this book, Black Is a Rainbow Color.
I never dreamed I’d be an author. My dream was music and I spent many years making that dream come true. But when my children were born, my dreams changed. I noticed how difficult it was to find books with families that looked like ours. In fact, the year my youngest was born, only 10% of all children’s books were by or about people of color.* With the gifts of time, vision, and opportunity, I decided to throw my hat into the ring as a writer with one goal: to bring greater diversity to the bookshelves of children.
I hope that Black Is a Rainbow Color will be a help to parents and educators who believe as I do: that bookshelf diversity leads to everyday diversity; and that everyday diversity—on street corners and playgrounds, places of worship and birthday parties—is the most beautiful rainbow of all.
*Statistic from Lee & Low Books
To learn more about Angela Joy, please visit AngelaJoyBooks.com.