America Is Beautiful – Celebrating Diversity
Writing this book was my way of standing up to the racism, injustice, and prejudice I see around me and declaring that we can do better. Together, we can make sure that more children’s book are published with diverse characters. We can put books into schools that deal with these important issues. And we can share with our children how and why to treat everyone with respect and kindness.
It has taken a long time, and a lot of work, to get the book to this point. Now we just need your help to get over that final hurdle of publication. Thank you so much for your support and for believing in a better world!
Selected Excerpts from the Book:
Adina was thoughtful as they walked down the street together. It seemed like America being beautiful had more to do with the people who lived there than anything else. She noticed the piles of snow and the big trees and thought about how different things were at her Aunt Stacy’s house right now in Arizona. So many differences in the United States, but they were good ones.
Adina was extra tired as Mom tucked her into bed that night.
“Mom, why isn’t every place like America?”
“Adina, some places are like America, with different people and beliefs, and everyone being respected. But even in America there are some people who hate people who are not like them. You must always think about others and remember what you learned today – what America should really be.”
Mom gave Adina a kiss goodnight, and Adina drifted off to sleep thinking about what it all meant.
Adina and her classmates lined up, the music started, and they all sang the song. Adina smiled out at all the parents and family who were there and sang with all her might. In her heart she knew what kind of America she wanted, and that it would just keep getting better if everyone worked together.