Children’s Books and Merch That Center Little Black Girls
Mommy & Momma
THE AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR, AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF LOLA’S UNIVERSE
Hello! I’m Kiki and I am an author, illustrator, and designer located in Chicago, IL. As a little girl, I used books as an escape from the realities of a difficult home life. Now, I write the stories and design the resources that I wished I had growing up.
As an LBGT+ Black woman raising a little Black girl, I wanted there to be at least one character where my daughter could see herself and her family represented. Thus, Lola was born.
Lola is a passion project for me.
I believe that all children have the right to see themselves and their unique family structures represented in media. I also believe that there should be a wide range of media where these children are represented and there’s lessons being taught outside of their identity.
Lola’s adventure’s mostly center self exploration, emotional awareness, emotional intelligence, and learning life lessons about the world around them. While children’s books for Black girls that explore identity are important, I felt that the market was over saturated with identity based books and that there were not enough books where Blackness is not central to the plot. Black girls deserve to see themselves living, laughing, and learning as well.