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Book Journey

Real-Life Princesses and Juneteenth

It’s been nearly a month since Juneteenth was celebrated, but the positive impact of this holiday is still being felt throughout the nation. On June 19, 1865, enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, learned they were free. From that day emerged the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration to the end of slavery in the United States, but 2021 is […]

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Author Advice

On #OwnVoices

I’ve been blessed, as well as called, to produce vibrant and diverse children’s books from an #OWNVOICES perspective since 2014. Only recently, however, did it come to my attention that not everyone is on the same page about what #OWNVOICES means. According to School Library Journal, #OwnVoices means a book written by a marginalized community member […]

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Book Journey

Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams! Kayla Book Two is HERE!

It’s here! Book Two in the Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess series has arrived! This delightful and vibrant diverse picture book is a heartwarming story about the importance of family, dreams, gender bias, inclusion, and a determination for growth. This is the second book in a five-part series that shines the spotlight on a little girl […]

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Book Journey

Kayla Pecchioni-The “Real” Kayla from Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess!

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess series is the latest project in a long line of ambitious (and successful!) book projects from author, mom, and CEO of Make A Way Media, Deedee Cummings. What makes this exceptional diverse picture book series even more unique is the fact that it was inspired by the life of the author’s […]

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General

Feelings Are Meant to be Felt

Last week I had a therapy client tell me that she is trying her hardest not to think about her grief. She felt that if she allows herself to think about it, she will entirely fall apart, but actually, the opposite is true. We cannot run from our feelings because, well, emotions are meant to […]

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Book Journey

Journaling is a Great Tool for Kids. Here’s Why

I have always loved journaling. I also encourage my young clients to write down their thoughts and give power to their words to cope and process their thoughts. The struggle between screen time and esteem issues among kids has always been a concern. But the number of kids in mental and emotional crisis has skyrocketed […]

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