I am so blessed to be surrounded by strong female role models in my life.
Some are my elders who are full of wisdom and experience.
Some are preteens who know what they want and fearlessly forge their own path to success. One of these Bold Girls is my beautiful and feisty niece. I can’t express how proud I am of this young Queen.
Another Bold Girl is my own daughter, Kayla, who is also the inspiration for my Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess diverse picture book series. My Kayla is a shining star. Honestly, more like a shooting star!
Since she was itty-bitty, she has had a dream to be on stage and after graduation, she picked a challenging profession to pursue. There were plenty of lessons and bumps in the road, but we never lost sight of her dream, Now she is flourishing as a triple-threat performer. As a professional actor, dancer, and singer, Kayla Pecchioni’s accomplishments continue to blaze the trail for other Black female entertainers. The Kayla series is not Kayla P’s real-life story, but it reflects the joy of a proud mom watching her talented daughter grow, bloom, and flourish.
As her mom, I am so proud of her and how she weathered storms throughout her young life. She has strength and resilience that make me incredibly proud. Some of her fire came from me, but just as much was firmly embedded in her DNA before she was born.
I know there is a Bold Girl in your life as well. If so, I encourage you to cheer them on, support their dreams, and teach them to accept nothing but respect. As a former CPS worker and current family therapist, I see budding Stars, Dreamers, and Doers every day. These small humans are poised for greatness, they just need someone to show them what is possible. They need at least one adult to hear them. See them. Believe in them.
An army of these types of people would be ideal, but all it takes to show them the way is one authentically kind adult who reminds them how amazing they are.
This fact is something I have purposefully and lovingly woven into every one of the Kayla books. It is my hope that these same kids (girls and boys!) will see how the character of Kayla continually finds new ways to remind herself of what is real and important in life. And how she used that determination to pursue her musical theatre dreams.
Go out into the world, Bold Girls. Because someday you will OWN it.
More About The Kayla Series:
Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess Series Book One is HERE!
Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: is a heartwarming story about family, role models, dreams, and discovering a determination for growth. This five-part diverse picture book series shines the spotlight on a little brown girl who loves musical theatre and never lets anything get in the way of her dreams. It seems that everyone else has an idea for who she should be, but in the end, she discovers that she is the one who gets to decide.
GO HERE to order your copy of Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams (Book Two in the Kayla: Modern-Day Princess series).
Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: Tough as Tulle is available! Order your copy HERE.
Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: These Shoes Are Made For Dancing will be available on July 31, 2021!
Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess: A Little Magic will be available in October of 2021!
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