Did you fall into your identity by happenstance? Or did someone help you? Are you still searching?
AUNTIE LUCE’S TALKING PAINTINGS is an AMAZING book that does a fantastic job of weaving Haitian history, culture, and terrain into the MC’s journey in realizing her identity and where her heart belongs.
Have you ever given power to hateful words when you shouldn’t have?
THE PROUDEST BLUE: A STORY OF HIJAB AND FAMILY empowers readers to recognize and believe their worth during hurtful encounters with others.
Have you ever been ashamed of your heritage? WATERCRESS, which tackles this conflict, is one of my favorite picture books.
Have you outgrown insecurities you felt as a child?
EYES THAT KISS IN THE CORNERS is a beautiful and touching story of a girl who overcomes her insecurities by seeing the beauty in her family’s past, present, and future.
Many people want to self-publish or have already self-published successfully. While I have a lot of respect for self-publishers, I am not in that camp. I’ve always known that traditional publishing is the route for me because I want close support while navigating the industry. I want to have a team of experts who canContinue reading “How I Got My Agent”
Do you have a name that some people struggle to pronounce?
I grew up wishing my first name was spelled differently. Sometimes, I doodled spelling variations that I knew others would know how to pronounce.
Written by Ashley Franklin | Illustrated by Ebony Glenn Disclaimer: I am not an expert in the technical aspects of this book. The experts are the book creators. My reviews are my opinions. The release date of NOT QUITE SNOW WHITE was very timely. Then, there was much controversy of casting Halle Bailey, a beautifulContinue reading “Book Review: NOT QUITE SNOW WHITE”
Written by Minh Le | Illustrated by Dan Santat Disclaimer: I am not an expert in the technical aspects of this book. The experts are the book creators. My reviews are my opinions. DRAWN TOGETHER is one of my favorite picture books. Dare I say, I think I love it more than my 4-year-old sonContinue reading “Book Review: DRAWN TOGETHER”
Written by Hannah Holt | Illustrated by Jay Fleck Disclaimer: I am not an expert in the technical aspects of this book. The experts are the book creators. My reviews are my opinions. The support from the writing community is like no other. Strangers from around the world will cheer your biggest feats and smallestContinue reading “Book Review: THE DIAMOND AND THE BOY”
Adapted by Cedella Marley | Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton Disclaimer: I am not an expert in the technical aspects of this book. The experts are the book creators. My reviews are my opinions. Life has moments that open your eyes to great opportunities that may seem obvious in retrospect. One of those opportunities is giftingContinue reading “Book Review: EVERY LITTLE THING”
Born to one Vincentian lady and one St. Lucian chap. Raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY. Lover of soca music. Sleep evader. Glass half full drinker.
Promote maternal and child health by day. Write picture books by night. Strive to be an awesome friend to Mr. Bell. Wipe away boogers from two tiny tots.
All children need to see more positive images of people with brown skin and the land from which they came. There is more that unites than divides us. I hope my stories can be a guiding light.
Greetings! I’m G.P. Bell. Picture Book Author. Health Advocate. Wife. Mother. This blog is for sharing my story inspirations, picture book reviews, and experiences in the children’s literature industry. Teaching is in my DNA. I hope we can learn from each other, whether you’re a new or veteran member of the KidLit community.
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