Robyn Z. Abdusamad, freelance writer and a public relations advisor, has been writing since childhood and wrote You Are Beautiful with the hope of providing parents with a way to engage their children in conversations about diversity, racism and other forms of bias.
You Are Beautiful is a new release from author Robyn Abdusamad that addresses the sensitive issue of racial prejudice in an easy way for young children to understand. Designed for ages 9-12, the inspiration for this book stemmed from the injustices perceived by the author in society today, particularly when she worked within the public school system where she observed firsthand the biases demonstrated by children towards one another.
Mrs. Abdusamad quotes, “As the late Maya Angelou once said, ‘When we know better, we do better.’”
You Are Beautiful introduces the characters Zaynab and Zakiyyah, two sisters who experience their first encounter with racial prejudice and who are saddened by what they hear. Throughout the course of the story they overcome intolerance and realize the beauty of ethnic diversity and true friendship. This book highlights the importance of countering ignorance with knowledge and kindness.
Robyn Abdusamad’s first publication, Wahid and His Special Friend, was published by Authorhouse in 2013 for children between the ages of 0-7. Wahid And His Special Friend is a rhyming book with a great story and colorful illustrations that exercises how rhyming is essential for children to comprehend and play with language. There is also a hint of mystery in the book.
Mrs. Abdusamad has been writing since middle school and during childhood summers her mother would assign writing reports on various topics for her and her siblings. Having grown up before the current era of email, texting and instant messaging, she enjoyed the days of writing letters and her mother encouraged her to obtain pen pals as another way of practicing writing. She has years of experience in writing and editing acquired throughout the duration of her schooling and career.
The message that she would like for children to take away from this book is that despite the outside differences, people are often similar on the inside.
“After reading my book, every child should understand that their skin color is unique and beautiful,” she says.
She also hopes that adults will realize the importance of having a conversation with their children about race and other forms of bias they might encounter away from home. The conversation may be uncomfortable for some, but it is her hope that You Are Beautiful will be a helpful introduction.
For more information about the author visit: www.robynabdusamad.com
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