My name is Candid and I’m a huge advocate for early literacy and getting good books into the hands of children. I was born and raised in Flint, MI and currently live in Okemos, MI. I graduated from the illustrious Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts. I also have a M.A. in Children’s Literature from Eastern Michigan University. In Atlanta I taught elementary school for two years. I noticed the lack of diverse books available to students and the lack of resources available to parents and teachers to help provide diverse books. I wanted to do something about this disparity and help parents and educators find and use "good" multicultural books. While in graduate school, I discovered the rich history of African American children’s literature. I immediately became an advocate and consumed myself in all things related to African American children's literature. I found myself becoming the go-to-person in my circles for suggestions and critiques of children’s books. For this reason, I decided to create a website that is not only a resource for adults but a way I could open up the conversation to the world by blogging.
CKBTS is a resource for parents of African American children to provide, teach, and empower their child(ren) through 'mirror books' (books that reflects their culture, experiences, history, and images). This website helps parents extend the learning at home through African American children's literature and activities for the entire family.
The name of this blog is a tribute to W.E.B Du Bois, the creator of the African American children’s magazine, The Brownies Book (1920-1921). W.E.B. Du Bois, created The Brownies Book magazine just for “children kissed by the sun." The magazine included short stories, poetry, biographical sketches of prominent African Americans, puzzles, beautiful illustrations featuring African American characters (which in that era was nonexistent), and fiction stories by literary greats such as Langston Hughes. This magazine was a unicorn of it's time and gave Black children a voice by publishing their letters and opinions as well as accomplishments. The magazine was well received by the young readership; unfortunately in December 1921, after just 24 issues, The Brownies' Book ended publication.