Happy Saturday! Today we are featuring Colours of Us, a beautiful website run by Svenja. This website is a catch-all for insightful blog posts, multicultural books, toys, and clothing. After you finish reading our interview with Svenja, hop on over to her website and explore all that she has to offer!
TTA: Introduce yourself!
CoU: Hi, I’m Svenja, an adoptive mom and social worker, originally from Germany, living in South Africa. As a mom of two little Black girls, I always search for multicultural children’s books that have a positive message, and that do not support stereotypes. I share my findings on my website, Colours of Us.
TTA: What are you passionate about?
CoU: I am passionate about diversity, social justice and promoting diverse books. I believe all children deserve to see themselves reflected in the books they read and the toys they play with. Representation matters!
TTA: Tell us about a project you’re currently working on!
CoU: For this year I want to focus specifically on promoting own voices, i.e. books that are written by authors of the same culture/race/ethnicity they are writing about. In addition to the multicultural books, toys and clothes that I feature on my website, I am also working on adding other multicultural resources for children. My aim is for Colours of Us to be a one-stop source for all multicultural children’s resources.
TTA: How can people support you on your journey?
CoU: By spreading the word about my website (www.coloursofus.com) and sharing my book lists on social media. I am also always happy to collaborate with like-minded people.
TTA: What book was your favorite in 2018?
CoU: Ah, that is always such a difficult question because there are so many multicultural children’s book me and my daughters love! But it would probably have to be I Am Enough by Grace Byers, a beautiful lyrical ode to loving yourself, respecting others, and being kind to one another.
TTA: What are you looking forward to in the coming year?
CoU: I’m looking forward to exciting new book releases and meeting more like-minded people. The network of multicultural children’s book bloggers is so supportive and I have met some amazing people through my work!
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