Make A Way Media and author Deedee Cummings! Deedee is the author of 15 children’s books including the new Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess 5-book series.
Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess is a heartwarming story about family, role models, dreams, and discovering a determination for growth. This five-part diverse picture book series shines the spotlight on a little brown girl who loves musical theatre and never lets anything get in the way of her dreams. It seems that everyone else has an idea for who she should be, but in the end, she discovers that she is the one who gets to decide.
The ongoing story also reveals the incredibly special family dynamic that Kayla shares with her mom- a hard-working woman who struggles with the guilt of not being as available for her young daughter as she would like. But as the story progresses, Kayla and her mom realize the impact of valuing the time they have together as well as the importance of seeing each other acknowledge (and pursue) their individual dreams.
Written by veteran author, Deedee Cummings, the Kayla: Modern-Day Princess series is inspired by her own real-life princess and Broadway actress, Kayla Pecchioni. This #OwnVoices project is a five-part series set for Rapid Release in the spring and summer of 2021. Following the picture series will be a middle-grade series and a script to continue to tell the story of this dynamic and necessary character.
For company details, to see other MAWM diverse book titles, and to learn more about all of the Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess books, go here.
Language Lizard provides educators, librarians, and parents with resources that develop literacy skills among language learners, build inclusive classrooms, and celebrate cultural diversity.
Language Lizard offers bilingual books and audio resources in 50+ languages, multicultural book sets, posters, and other culturally responsive teaching resources for diverse classrooms. Educators may download free multicultural lesson plans at LanguageLizard.com/LessonPlans.htm. In addition, the company’s blog and free newsletter provide valuable information and special offers to educators and parents working with diverse children (sign up at LanguageLizard.com/Newsletter).
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Language Lizard new Living in Harmony Books use colorful multicultural illustrations and simple text to explain concepts of diversity, kindness, and friendship. The books come with FREE multicultural lessons and activities to support culturally responsive teaching. This set comes with three titles:
- Be Kind shows many ways to help others with simple acts of kindness.
- We Can All Be Friends shows how much we have in common even though we are all different.
- Who Are We? helps us to understand and appreciate the diversity in our community.
This series is available in English only and 22 bilingual editions, with more languages coming soon.
Vivian Kirkfield is a former kindergarten teacher and the author of many picture books including Pippa’s Passover Plate (Holiday House); Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book (PomegranateKids); Eureka Honor Award winner and 2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Book Sweet Dreams, Sarah – From Slavery to Inventor (Creston Books); Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe (Little Bee Books); and Junior Library Guild Selection From Here to There: Inventions That Changed the Way the World Moves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 19, 2021) as well as the parent-teacher guide filled with hundreds of activities, Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking (MoneyPenny Press, 2010).
Vivian’s newest book From Here to There: Inventions That Changed the Way the World Moves (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, illus by Gilbert Ford) will be released 1/19/21.
Vivian lives in the picturesque town of Bedford, New Hampshire where she reads lots of books, writes lots of stories, and plays lots of board games with her young grandson.