A Mother and Son Help Black and Brown Kids See Themselves in Books While Promoting Kindness

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Just As I Am Kindness,Marsha Guerrier, Joshua

Marsha Guerrier, 47, is a book lover who wrote “Just Like Me Kindness” with her 6-year-old son Joshua Guerrier amid the pandemic, according to The Amsterdam News. Guerrier is a New Yorker who previously published a book about her own life and experiences called “Life Balance for Women on the Rise”.

The entrepreneur set up a non-profit Yva Jourdan Foundation to give back to her local community. The Just As I Am Reading program emphasizes the inclusion and involvement of young people with different special needs.

“We started with the nonprofit handing out books about kindness, so I read and hand out books to classrooms in the Nassau area. Then it dawned on me that most of the books we were handing out were mostly Caucasian families and children, and I really wanted stories that would represent not only myself but also the children in the underrepresented communities through my program, “Marsha told The Amsterdam News.

Guerrier announced that Joshua has expressed an interest in co-authoring “Kindness As I Have”. And now she’s hoping her book will encourage kindness among children who don’t look alike.

It’s children’s book week. This year Joshua and I published our first book Just As I Am – Kindness. Joshua teaches kids how to be kind. It’s great read for the whole family. Order your copy on Amazon https://t.co/8fRWw5BbFq #ChildrensBookWeek #EllenDeGeneres pic.twitter.com/RU2bfA2QAP

– Marsha Guerrier (@HerSuiteSpot) May 5, 2021

The 32-page book is intended to help remind others to integrate friendliness into everyday life.

“The book is about engaging people in conversation about kindness and anti-bullying,” Guerrier said in a press release, “while making sure that elementary school children are well equipped to support one another.”

The author mentioned that many teenagers are not taught to show kindness or to accept people who are different. Your position that children learn the value of kindness fits in with a study presented by PLOS ONE. Their study found that regular good deeds – a form of showing prosocial activity – help you be happy and popular, even in the classroom.

“Much like being happy, giving courtesy to classmates has implications not only for the individual but also for the community as a whole. For example, popular pre-adolescents display more inclusive behavior and fewer externalizing behaviors (ie less bullying) than teenagers, ”the study found.

And when it comes to the fact that black and brown children find themselves in literature, identification with the characters plays a role. Scholastic noted that it is important for children to see themselves represented in literature as it is linked to identity, cultural insight and connection with themselves. The demand for a wide variety of titles is increasing. Scholastic also said that 47% of parents would like literature that features books with people of color, according to their findings in their Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report 6th Edition.

Facebook picture – Marsha Warrior

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