Story to Tell Books is committed to creating books that are a tribute to the beauty and power people of color possess. The books are full of positive narrative and visual images to counter the negative ones that now consume our mainstream media.
In the first two books, I Am a Boy of Color and I Am a Girl of Color, the children depicted in the book represent all different ethnic backgrounds, engaging in the joy of childhood. It is a more accurate reflection of what we see in our homes and communities—amazing children of color that will become phenomenal men and women!
Ras ‘Ammar Nsoroma, known as Ammar, was born in Milwaukee and has lived in Milwaukee for most of his life. He graduated from the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, where he painted his first mural as a senior, and then attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) as well as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited extensively in both Chicago and Milwaukee and has created over 100 murals in Milwaukee, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Washington DC collectively. Ammar is a founding member of African-American Artists Beginning to Educate Americans About African-American Art (ABEA) and is an avid reader. The knowledge he gains through reading is reflected in his drawings, paintings, murals, and mixed media pieces.
A wonderful, powerful example for all children! “I am a girl of color” showcases the beauty, possibility, and love that exists in our young girls. A must have for every school library!
Angela Patterson - Principal, Lake Blu Elementary
“I am a girl of color” is a must read... genuine and heartfelt, voicing every girl’s self discovery, the sense of joy and wonder in the possibilities of today’s multi-faceted world... dwelling in those.
Dr. Lalita Pandit Hogan - Professor, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
As an early childhood professional with 30 years of experience, I understand how important it is for children of color, especially boys, to see and be reinforced with positive images of themselves. It’s important for society to see those images as well. This book is a wonderful example of those positive images.
Ann Terrell - Executive Director, MPS Foundation