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!
Deanna Singh is the daughter of a Sikh American man and African American woman. Her husband is African American and German American. Their two children, Zephaniah and Zion, reflect all of those beautiful heritages. Instilling pride in their color, in a country that is filled with negative images and messages about their brown skin, is the primary motivation for writing children’s books featuring children of color. A native of Milwaukee, WI Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is committed in her personal and professional life to the pursuit of social justice, these books are an extension of that commitment.
Rozalia Singh,(nickname Aya) started drawing from a young age. Her father, renowned muralist, Reynaldo Hernandez, is her mentor. Through his tutelage she has gained a keen eye and learned many tricks of the trade. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications from Illinois Institute of Art. Rozalia works as a professional caricaturist, muralist, painter and works with Arts@Large teaching children art. Her works can be found throughout the Milwaukee area. She continues to evolve and develop her creativity. Art for her is not just an outlet, its her passion.
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