SOW THE SEEDS THAT PROMOTE DIVERSITY, BUILD CHARACTER AND GROW STRENGTH!
As an author of children's books, blogger and anti-bullying advocate, my goal is to support and guide educators, parents and children in achieving a healthy, secure peer environment...at school, playgrounds, on the internet and wherever bullying occurs.
A Note to Parents and Educators
Go ahead and drop us a line! We are always happy to hear from you and will endeavor to answer any and all of your questions related to the various forms of bullying that kids are encountering today. We can all help to build strength, diversity and character in kids of all ages if we work together.
Dr. Cherrye Vasquez
BOOKS THAT SOW STRENGTH, CHARACTER & DIVERSITY, DBA
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momversations on anti-bias & anti-racism
The Selah Project would like to welcome you to their platform called - Just Ask Randi, a brave space for mom’s to talk freely about race.
During each hour-long momversation, Randi will teach for 15 minutes about how we as mothers can better our language, thoughts, actions and systems we create within our home that perpetuate racial rhetoric. Following each lesson, the moms will be invited to have dialogue and ask questions.
It’s Not Too Late To Join The Momversation!!!
Please join our second of five sessions (Friday, July 10, 2020 @ 11:00AM– 12PM CST) where mom’s, mom's to be, grandma’s, and caregivers can learn How to Have Hard Conversations about Race, Power, and Privilege within our Families.
It is important to note that this process is often messy and these conversations bring up a lot of questioning of what we may believe to be true subconsciously, during this series, we will have brave spaces to talk and interact with different peoples views.
In our first session, we discussed our own implicit biases and how we can mistakenly place them on our children during play and storytime. I will also suggest practical toys and books for children.
Can't wait to see you!!!
Co-Founder of The Selah Project, Houston, TX
Click here to register for the event.
CONGRATULATIONS tO 1ST PLACE PRIZE WINNER, OSVALDO RODRIGUEZ for winning the Amazon fIRE AND 2ND PLACE WINNER OF A $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD, Sarah Mayer
In addition, Grow With STEM also raised enough funds to purchase a family of six, two week's worth of groceries. Once again, special thanks to those of you who purchased a copy of Adam Baum: The Autistic Engineer and Marisol: A Little Girl with a Big Dream, in order to help me make this possible.
Stay tuned for future contest opportunities!
Grow With STEM Acknowledges Educators, Students and Parents
Let me tell you, teachers do not get enough credit, and many of you have no idea how much work we do. We teachers had to abruptly alter our lesson plans, grasp new technologies and adapt to a new delivery system without missing a beat. Guess what. We did it. Students are now isolated from their friends and their world has been turned upside down. Both, students and teachers, never had the opportunity to cap off the end of the year with hugs and joyous celebrations. And without warning, parents have had to embrace the role of homeschool teacher.
Local, Tomball, Tx, Author Wins International Book Award by Teaching Young Girls Positive Affirmations
“I am both humbled and honored to gain international recognition. I started dancing when I received the notification,” says Mays. The book teaches elementary-aged girls about God’s affirmations of beauty, intelligence, and strength. It includes Bible verses paired with empowering poetry and breathtaking illustrations. “After reading this book, my hope is that girls will feel loved, empowered, and encouraged to build a solid educational and spiritual foundation rooted in God’s truth.”
The book debuted as the #1 new release on Amazon's Children's Bible Reference & Interpretation list and has already received some great reviews from industry leaders.
"Thank you for sharing this beautiful, warm book. It's God's image. It's wonderful," wrote Nikki Giovanni, award-winning poet, author, educator, and activist.
"I found it effortlessly translated the Biblical passages of yesteryear into #blackgirlmagic," wrote Christine Michel Carter, creator of Mompreneur and Me.
Mays, a graduate of Huston-Tillotson University and the University of Texas at Austin, discovered her love of storytelling following more than a decade working as a successful IT professional. Mays used the death of her father, Berkins Booker Jr., as inspiration to enter and win a Toastmasters Tall Tale contest with a speech highlighting his career as an Air Force mechanic. This resulted in her first book, “My Amazing Dad.” Two years later, Mays published "7 Days With Daddy" which is a nontraditional story about a mom going away for business travel and the shenanigans that daddy and daughter get into--a tribute to Super Dads everywhere.
My father’s death has guided me to a higher purpose: promote literacy and the black family,” said Mays. “I want to create books that teach and empower children of color and “I Am, God's Affirmations for Little Girls” does just that.
For more information about Belinda N. Mays and her other published works, visit her website http://www.belindamays.com. All books are available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or wherever books are sold.
Free Admission to the Public
The 13th annual National Black Book Festival is scheduled for Oct. 22-24, 2020, at Fallbrook Church Brook Sports Facility, 12512 Walters Rd., in Northwest Houston and is sponsored by Cushcity.com, one of the leading Web sites promoting African-American literature. This 13th annual event will feature the following:
● Author and publisher exhibits ● Featured author discussions and signings
● Children's Festival ● An evening reception and two breakfasts
● FREE workshops and seminars ● Networking and door prizes
● Book Club Meet and Greet ● Food court where food can be purchased all day
● Up Your Game! Author Enhancement Sessions
HOTELS: The host hotel is the Sheraton North Houston and rooms are $89.00/night. NBBF will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the Sheraton daily. A list of hotels close to the venue are online here.
All events will be held at Fallbrook Church. The Festival schedule includes the following events (ticket purchase in advance is required for those with asterisk [*]):
"Welcome to Houston" Reception*
Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
"Get Acquainted" Breakfast*
Saturday, October 24, 2020 @ 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, October 24, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m. to Noon
[Free and open to the public]
Saturday, October 24, 2020 @ Noon
Book Club Meet and Greet
[Open only to pre-registered participating authors and book clubs]
Tickets for the above events may be purchased online here:
Get driving directions to the Fallbrook Church
For more information, please contact us via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 22-24, 2020, 13th Anniversary - Houston, Texas
Venue: Fallbrook Church - 12512 Walters Rd., Houston, TX 77014
TEACHERS ACROSS THE NATION THANK TEXAS TEACHER FOR CREATING A BOOK THAT DEMONSTRATES TOLERANCE AND ACCEPTANCE
Research shows that 70% of autistic children report being bullied in middle school and high school
Texas Teacher’s Children’s Book Modeled After ABC’s Good Doctor Star, Shaun Murphy
HOUSTON, TX (March 30, 2020) – Texas Educator, Children’s Book Author and Speaker, LaTanya Michell Brooks, has written a children’s book modeled after ABC’s Good Doctor Star, Shaun Murphy – an autistic surgeon.