Celebrating Diversity with Tasha Fuller

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

Meet Tasha Fuller an author and mother seeking to bridge the diversity gap in children's literature.

What you will find this article

  • What is Black History Month

  • Children's Author Tasha Fuller

  • Books by Tasha Fuller

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What is Black History Month

February is Black History Month, (also known as African American History Month) a time to reflect, celebrate, and recognize the role of blacks in American history. Black History Month originated from Negro History Week, which was first celebrated in February 1926. Negro History Week was conceived by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. After Negro History Week launched, schools and communities began celebrating it. Within 4 decades Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month. In 1976 President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month. He said, "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishment of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

Children's Author Tasha Fuller

In honor of celebrating the accomplishments of black Americans, I would like to recognize the African American author Tasha Fuller. Tasha is a conscientious mother of four children. When she sought children's books that portrayed characters like her children she was hard-pressed to find any. Concerned about the lack of diversity in children's books Tasha decided to write her own books for her children.

Tasha's first book It's Bath Time Baby is based on a song she wrote and sang to her oldest daughter while giving her a bath. Friends that heard the song would tell her it would make a great children's book. It wasn't until nine years later that Tasha endeavored to transform her song into a children's book. She teamed up with illustrator Christiana Sandoval to bring her story to life.

Tasha is a great example, of achieving goals. She has provided some excellent books that help fill the diversity gap in children's literature.

Books by Tasha Fuller

It's Bath Time Baby is a cute book with wonderful illustrations. I loved the colorful bubbles. The book was a pleasant read. I love how it mentions different body parts that get washed such as face, nose, toes, and hair. This makes it easy to interact with your children as you read the book. With little ones that are just learning about their bodies, it is fun to correlate the parts of the body with the illustrations as you read the book and say their name. For older toddlers that know their body parts, you can make it into a marching game by asking them to point to their bodies when a part is named.

Tasha's other children didn't want to be left out of the fun of having a book written for them, so Tasha has quickly sought to create books for them all.

Other books by Tasha Fuller

Little Freddie's in a Zone is a poem about her son's love for all types of sports. From Basketball to boxing, you follow Freddie jumping, running, jabbing, and swinging his way through the world of sports. Freddie enjoys a skew of "Legendary Greats" who play alongside him. You are introduced to various black legendary athletes who have left their mark on history. This book does a great job showing children that dreaming can lead to great things. It is playful and makes you want to get outside and get moving. I did trip over some of the words as I read it. The rhythm was difficult for me to get into, but it is still a great book to read with your kids. It introduces them to the diversity of the sporting world. Tasha includes a synopsis of the different athletes at the end of the book. It would have been nice to see some pictures of these "Legendary Greats" beside their synopsis or have the synopsis interspersed throughout the book when they are depicted playing alongside Freddie. This would have made the information provided about the athletes better received and more likely to be read.

Mommy I Want to be a Princess (Becoming a Princess, Volume 1) was written in honor of her daughter Amira who always wanted to be a princess. Tasha uses the book to teach that there is more to being a princess than beautiful gowns and crowns, but that it is more about being kind and compassionate.

Mommy I Want to Dance! (Amira's Heart, Volume 2) continues to follow Amira as she discovers more about herself. Join Amira as she tries different dance styles from Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hip, and more seeking to find the rhythm just right for her.

Making the Squad (Amira's Heart) finds Amira and her friends in high school. Follow Amira as she faces the challenges of adolescence and the struggles of adversity. Making the Squad is a great read for ages 7-12. It addresses some issues that youth face in today's world, like bullying, mental health, and difficulty with friendships. It is a great book that teaches you about achieving your goals.

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