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Frustrated with the Lack of Diversity in Children's Literature, this Grandmother Created When I See Me™ BIPOC Children's Book Fair

By: PRLog

DAYTON, Ohio - March 23, 2024 - PRLog -- On Saturday, July 27th, the vibrant community of Dayton will come together to celebrate diversity in children's literature at the When I See Me™ BIPOC Children's Book Fair. This event promises to be a dynamic gathering of authors, readers, and supporters, fostering a love for reading and writing among BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) children. The book fair runs from 11 AM to 4 PM at the West Branch Library, 300 Abbey Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45417. The event is free and open to the public, welcoming families, educators, and anyone passionate about fostering diversity and representation in children's books.

Valerie J. Lewis Coleman, founder and host, said, "I wrote my first children's book, Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me, to encourage my brown grandchildren to various career aspirations by providing examples of people who did what they hope to do and who look like them. As I visited schools, I met children who had never seen a book with characters that look like them. I knew that I had to do more to encourage their love for reading. To pique their curiosity, boost their confidence, and enhance their ability to connect with the world around them, I created When I See Me™ BIPOC Children's Book Fair." Coleman, who has hosted citywide book events in Dayton since 2005, said, "Representation matters and when children see themselves reflected in stories showcased by talented BIPOC authors, they get excited about reading."

The day's festivities include:

  • Author Signings: Meet a variety of BIPOC authors, learn about their inspirations, and get autographed copies of their books.
  • Engaging Activities: From interactive storytelling sessions to creative writing workshops, these activities will spark the imagination of children and adults.
  • Giveaways: "A Book in Every Bag" is our commitment to ensuring that every child who attends the book fair leaves with a book. With your support, we'll provide custom drawstring bags and vouchers that children can redeem for a book of their choice from one of our participating authors. We hope to make a profound difference in the lives of 400 children, igniting a love for reading that will last a lifetime. Donate here
  • Panel Discussions: Aspiring children's book authors can gain insight and advice from seasoned professionals during discussions focused on writing, publishing, and promoting diverse children's literature.
Authors interested in participating can visit for registration details.

For organizations and businesses looking to support this important literacy initiative, contact us at or 888.802.1802 to request a sponsor packet.

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Valerie J. Lewis Coleman

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