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An International Day of PEACE & a special diverse picture book

On September 21st, we will recognize the International Day of Peace, also referred to as Peace Day. Peace Day was started in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution as a standard date for all of us across the planet to reflect and recommit to peace above all differences. I like that statement: peace above all differences. Wouldn’t that […]

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Amplifying Multicultural Author Voices: Multicultural Children’s Book Day

It started with a genuine question from a non-profit that shares a passion for diversity and reading just like Make A Way Media. Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCBD) is an organization that I’ve had the pleasure of working with when I became their first-ever Super Platinum Sponsor. In case you are unfamiliar with this children’s […]

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Book Journey

This is Me

This is me. Back when my hair was done. Back when one of my best friends and I could steal away on a Saturday afternoon and take silly pictures at a bookstore. Back when I got dressed every day and carried a purse. My name is Deedee Cummings, and I don’t think I’ve ever introduced […]

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Being Genuine: Candid Conversations about Race

Recently, I was lucky enough to have this thoughtful email appear in my inbox. Hi Deedee, I wondered if I could ask for your advice? Amy and I would like to responsibly and sensitively address the protests and the need for white people to educate themselves with books. We were thinking about inviting a black […]

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Author Advice

Racism undermines mental health. Here’s what we can do

“Once my loved ones accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can’t we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans…It’s not shameful to have a mental illness. Get […]

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Mental Health Matters: Navigating Personal Burnout During Uncertain Times

New connections and opportunities to work with others is something that I am always interested in. The fact that I am a family therapist, attorney, publisher, author, mom, and wife makes me more tuned into the chaos of the world around us in many ways. But as a mom, sister, and wife…I am struggling right […]

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