Author Nyasha Williams
WRITING TO CHANGE THE NARRATIVE
Here are the stats, while 37% of our population are people of color, only 13% of children's books over the past 24 years contain "multicultural" content. African American children deserve quality books that will inspire and allow the flow of imagination.
I started writing because, a newlywed, I often think about our future additions to the family and what I want for them. What I want them to see and know about themselves. I need them to know who they are before anybody tells them who they are.
WHAT'S THE COMMOTION IN THE OCEAN? -a rhyming story about saving our oceans
What's the Commotion in the Ocean? is a rhyming children's book reflecting on the current happenings in the ocean and what we can do to help. Being a humanitarian is at the core of my being, and I am to live by the quote, "The true meaning of life is planting trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit." I wrote this book to address our impact as humans on the ocean and inspire change.
A mermaid tells the story, and she is African American. It is inspired by my love of mermaids and fantasy lore. I have always wanted to be a mermaid, but it is hard to have or live out those dreams if you never see illustrations, images, or media that reflect it. The ability to see yourself in a book is a beautiful experience, one that I want for all children. It is currently privilege, one readily available to some, but not all.
I want every reader to experience the feeling of being understood on a deeper level through engaging in a book.