About the Book
This story was written to inspire young children to love the skin they’re in. Ebony and her crown highlight the perspective of a curious toddler having a big afro and is uncertain about the nature of her hair. Ebony then turns to her mother for answers. In this mother-daughter duo, Ebony’s mother helps her to understand that her hair is meant to be big and wild, and she should wear it with pride. This book is a reminder that social conditioning starts when you are young and follows you into your adult years. When children are able to see themselves represented as the main characters in books and television shows, the experience can boost self-esteem and self-worth. Lack of representation can be harmful to a child and can impact their self-image and how they interact with others. A positive self-image can boost our mental, social, and emotional well-being.
About the Author
Nicole Marshall is an up-and-coming author and in a writing journey fueled by memories of childhood experiences, Nicole writes relatable and educative content intending to impart the young ones with positive values, lessons of self-love and positive affirmations from an early age. In an authorship journey that spans over a few years now, Nicole has several titles under her name, most notably her debut title Little Nikki Her Journey to Self-Love. In this intriguing and exciting read for children, Nicole artistically takes children through a motivational story about Little Nikki and her bullying experiences at school. She highlights its psychological impact and the resilience children develop to counter such. More importantly, the book helps children accept and appreciate their differences, embrace, and develop self-love and confidence. Other titles by Nicole include Ebony and Her Crown and The Last Room. Currently, Nicole lives in Atlanta, Georgia. When she is not in her official attire, you will often find her writing, drawing, photographing, cooking and spending time with family.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
The book was written to inspire young children to love the skin they’re in. The story brings light to the importance of a positive self-image and the importance of positive representation. A negative self-image can follow you into your adult years and can impact how you socialize with others. This is why it is imperative that we instill these values in our kids from a young age to help nurture their emotional development.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
I think mainly parents and teachers would be interested in this book as it helps open a dialogue about positive self-image and self-love. Discussing these topics and getting feedback from a child on how they view themselves is important. My books are mainly targeted to young children between the ages of 3-8 because that is when they are most vulnerable to outside influence.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
I like books that bring awareness on important topics like self-esteem, self-love. Any SEL book is my ideal book.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
Even though I will advise that you do as much research as possible, I want to remind you not to compare your body of work to others. This can hinder your creativity and originality. Stay true to yourself and use your gut instinct when making executive decisions. As you learn, you will become more organized and knowledgeable enough to help others once in your position.