Join Kanika and Vanessa each Thursday at 7 pm EST on Facebook Live for conversations with BIPOC authors about their journey, what inspires them and what diverse representation in children's books mean to them.
Our Author Conversations is moving to IG!!! Join us live this Thursday for a conversation with author Mélina Mangal. We'll be discussing her children's book, "jayden's Impossible Garden." See you there!
Mélina Mangal is a school library teacher and author of biographies and short stories for young people. She enjoys dancing, being in nature, and traveling with her family.
Author Vetta Shantell puts her esoteric knowledge into words that are relatable to children, as well as adults. Her first project titled "Little Black Girl" sets a tone of Peace and Healing of oneself. Vetta loves creating books for all ages.
Taylor Darks (T.B. Darks) is a writer and author of the new children's novel The Fluffy Adventures of FroMo. Her first book, Caged: A Poetic Collection of the African American Experience (released in 2017), is currently a part of the Sociology of the Black Experience class curriculum at Florida A&M University. Her second book, Wash Day, a popular children's book, was released in 2018. When she's not writing or studying you can find her working out or sharing food with friends.
Rufia Valiff was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the oldest in a long line of Valiff cousins. Being a Big Kid at heart, Rufia can be found climbing trees she shouldn’t and eating inordinate amounts of sugar.
Continuing with this brand, Rufia has been working with and for children for a number of years, working as a School Counsellor by day, and a tutor by night. Rufia has a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours and a keen interest in what makes people tick. She has a passion for helping kids and teenagers become more in tune with themselves, their mental well-being and the environment. Rufia's aim is to empower children to recognise that their small, everyday acts of kindness can add up, and have the power to create great change.