I’m Proud to Be Natural Me!

This beautiful book utilizes rhyme, relatable imagery, and positive affirmation teach children to love themselves.

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I’m Proud to Be Natural Me! is the story of a little girl who is teased because of the texture of her hair. Her mom explains to her that her hair is a part of her identity and that she is beautiful the way God created her. By the end of the story the little girl is saying, “I’ve learned to love what I see. I’m proud to be natural me!”

When I wrote and illustrated my book, I was focused on children accepting their hair texture. As I began to do the work of celebrating and highlighting children with naturally curly hair, I became aware that the spectrum is so broad. I knew I needed to upgrade my book to include more diverse skin tones—I needed to take representation to another level.

Image of classic version of book (featuring front cover and two interior pages) and Revised cover with two interior pages. Text states: Two versions. Same great story.
If you own the classic version, you’re going to love the revised version!

So I revised my classic version and created a version that makes me proud. Far more children can find representation in the characters. It really matters.

If you know a child who is struggling with self-love, please order this book for them. Maybe they are the only one in their class with curly hair, or the only one in the family with darker skin. I have seen so many readers self-acceptance transform by reading this book. Consider gifting it to a little one you know. It’s a great birthday gift. If you are affiliated with a local school, church, or community organization, considering buying and donating copies to their library. We can all do our part to help our children love themselves more.

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The Lonely Prince

This book is the perfect bedtime story—loved by boys and girls. for ages 3 to 7.

The Lonely Prince utilizes the ease of rhyme and brilliant illustrations to present an interesting and exciting narrative that will keep your child engaged from beginning to end! Parents appreciate the challenging words, and included glossary. Children appreciate the fun story and hilarious illustrations. The Lonely Prince is a story that you and your child will enjoy reading again and again!

The Lonely Prince was my first children’s book. It began as an assignment while I was in design school. When I presented it to my book binding class, everyone said I should publish it. Who knew that saying, “Yes,” to their suggestion would lead me on this beautiful journey as a children’s author, publisher, blogger, podcaster, and public speaker!

Read the book that started it all. Order copies of The Lonely Prince for the little ones in your life. This book also makes a really great birthday present, and is a great gift for the holidays!

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