THIS VERSION OF SUMMER IN THE CITY WILL NOT BE REPRINTED.
Summer in the City is a heartwarming picture book based on author Kathleen Wainwright s childhood growing up in the city. Before there were 24-hour cartoon channels, laptop computers or the internet, what did kids do all day to occupy their time when schools were on break and the days were hot? KIDS MADE THEIR OWN FUN! Double-dutch, hopscotch, hide and seek...There never seemed to be enough hours in the day for kids to play with siblings and friends, explore their surroundings, or just laugh and giggle. Children and adults can enjoy this timeless story, which captures memories of blissful childhood summers in cities everywhere.
Founder of Dear Beautiful Brown Girl and the BeYOUtiful Brown Girl Project, Kathleen Wainwright, Releases a Children’s Book that Highlights the Joys of Black Youth.
Kathleen Wainwright, Founder of Dear Beautiful Brown Girl and the BeYOUtiful Brown Girl Project creates experiences for young Black and Brown girls to be empowered and motivated through curated events, merchandise, and powerfully illustrated characters that they can relate to. Dear Beautiful Brown Girl is dedicated to celebrating the unique Black experience and encouraging girls to love who they are and be comfortable in their beautiful skin. Furthermore, in alignment with her brand’s mantra, Kathleen Wainwright continues her campaign to promote positive messages and images of Black youth in her acclaimed children’s book, Summer in the City.
Summer in the Cityfeatures appearances from diverse characters of the BeYOU Crew, culturally significant and socially popular illustrations from Dear Beautiful Brown Girl’s flagship initiative the BeYOUtiful Brown Girl Project. The picture book takes readers on a childhood journey filled with fun and laughter between friends during memorable hot summer days in the city – memories that adults can easily connect with and a story that young girls and boys will enjoy reading. Audiences will be captivated with the beautiful imagery and realistic depictions of the close-knit black community and endearing friendships between young people of color.
About the Author:
Kathleen Wainwright is a celebrated teacher in the School District of Philadelphia and the founder of Dear Beautiful Brown Girl and the BeYOUtiful Brown Girl Project. Dear Beautiful Brown Girl is a lifestyle brand that empowers and affirms Black and Brown Girls through positive images, products, and experiences. Over the last twenty-two years, Kathleen has had the privilege of teaching across the city of Philadelphia serving students in grades K-8. Her experiences as an educator and professional development leader have served as an asset in developing and implementing quality literacy and empowerment resources and programs. Kathleen is a Certified Reading Specialist and National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Literacy and Language Arts. Her passion for literacy development and her love for reading led her to write and publish children’s books. Based on her personal experiences in the classroom and the stories influenced by her nieces and nephews, she was inspired to write books that reflect the experiences of young Black and Brown children. Through her picture books, Kathleen strives to spread positive messages via storytelling using diverse characters, settings, and experiences that are relatable, lovable, and meaningful.
Kathleen is a graduate of both Temple University and West Chester University located in Pennsylvania. She currently lives in the Philadelphia area where she grew up.
Why does #representationmatter?
Symbolic annihilation is a term used to describe the absence of representation. It is based on the idea that if you don’t see people like you in the media you consume, you must somehow be unimportant. Every Beautiful Brown Girl deserves to see herself in the clothing that she wears, the books that she reads, the characters and products that she admires - Representation Matters.
Our Books for Brown Girls Collection is designed to push awareness and provide access to a variety of Black authors writing for young readers. The majority of our books feature a Black female protagonist. Our goal is to celebrate Black voices while assisting with fostering the love for reading. You can read about our favorite books and featured authors by clicking here. If there is an author or book that you feel would be an asset to our collection, please feel free to share!BOOKS FOR BROWN GIRLS
Kathleen is available for both virtual and in-person events. If you are interested in booking Kathleen for an Author Visit or Appearance, complete the contact form and we will get back to you within 48 hours.
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