Kiki And Jacques Named To Bank Street Best Children's Book List!
My blog post about Somali refugees in Maine and the importance of teaching kids about multiculturalism and tolerance was featured in Huff Post!
"My daughter always says she likes to imagine herself in whatever book she is reading, and as a writer, this is my small contribution: I believe that if every kid could relate to the story in Kiki and Jacques -- play soccer with a boy named Mohamed and sit next to a girl in school who wears hijab, writes poetry and can kick a ball like nobody's business -- the world would be a better, safer place. Every child should experience, at least through a book, what it feels like to know kids from an entirely different background...."
Lovely article about Kiki and Jacques, and the meaningful success of Somali Refugees in my childhood home in Maine.
“I wrote this book because I read about the Somali immigration to my childhood home,” Ross said Tuesday. “I thought it would be an amazing subject for a children's book....”