The importance of social representation in the media is crucial in the fight for equality. Young people of color have had a hard time finding their own inspiration in books, film, and TV especially in leading positions.
Now that society is trying it’s best to become more inclusive, we are seeing a variety of new content being produced that handles the issue of diversity. And this one author decided to take things to another level by bringing black girls in children’s books to life for World Book Day.
Keep scrolling to see the amazing photos…
She’s a British journalist and author who has located to Canada in order to pursue her career further.
Davina is passionate about inclusivity for the black community and is the author of the series Riley Can Be Anything and Riley Knows He Can.
He goes on a journey in the hopes to discover what it means to play a leading role in his school play.
This makes a change and allows children of color to understand that they never have to settle for less and they are also capable of being in these top positions.
It is an important life lesson to learn.
After telling Buzzfeed that it was heartwarming to see children dress up as her character, Riley, she made it her mission to celebrate black girls in children’s books.
“Over the past couple of years, I’ve received pictures from parents whose children dressed up as my character Riley for World Book Day. That has been surreal but so heartwarming. As a parent, World Book Day allows me to indulge in the fun of bringing certain characters to life, as I acquire costumes for my children to dress up in. That usually involves some sort of makeshift creation and last-minute sewing.”
Check these brilliant costumes created by Davina.
1. Look Up.
“Written by Nathan Bryon and with illustrations by Dapo Adeola, this triumphant tale follows Rocket – a smart and sweet young girl with a passion for space and stargazing. An aspiring astronaut, Rocket is super excited about witnessing the upcoming meteor shower, and she wants everyone – including her big brother, Jamal – to look up and enjoy the spectacular sight with her.”
“Rocket, we salute you!”
2. A Night Out With Mama.
“Written by Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, A Night Out With Mama follows an unnamed but tremendously talented little girl, who gets the chance to attend a glamorous awards show with her mum. (We suspect the story is based on the author’s real-life experience of attending the Oscars for the first time in 2013 when she was just 9 years old!)”
“Not only does the protagonist get her hair done specially for the occasion, she also gets to don a beautiful blue gown – with matching blue shoes! She embodies glamour and beauty, and also possesses the talent that earned her a place at the awards ceremony. A beautiful representation of #BlackGirlMagic.”
3. Philly & Friends: Who Do I See in the Mirror?
“In this glorious tale of self-love by Vese Aghoghovbia Aladewolu and with illustrations by Irene Omiunu, cute and curious Philly finds joy when she looks in the mirror and sees all her fabulous features.”
“From her thick curly hair, to her soft brown skin, and her cute button nose, Philly loves her unique beauty – and she also knows that her heart and mind are the things that make her who she truly is.”
4. My Toilet is Bigger Than Yours.
“Written by Jean Hawthorn-DaCosta and with illustrations by Pete McDaniel, this delightful story follows a young Jamaican girl named Rosie, who embarks on an adventure when she and her mum travel to China.”
“With her coffee brown skin and tight, curly hair, Rosie is a little taken aback when she discovers that a new friend she makes in China doesn’t share any of her features. The young protagonist is also left wanting when she discovers she has to do without her beloved Jamaican delicacies: ackee and saltfish, and cornmeal porridge!”
“The lead character in the book of the same name, Sulwe is uncomfortable with her dark skin and wishes she was lighter like her mother and sister. Teased by the other children at school, who mock her dark complexion, Sulwe feels ostracized and longs to fit in.
But when the youngster is taken on a magical journey in the night, she soon discovers just how beautiful she is, both inside and out.”
“Written by Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o and illustrated by award-winner, Vashti Harrison, this heartwarming tale delivers a loveable heroine, who encourages young readers to embrace their own unique beauty.”
6. Lightning Girl.
“Written by Alesha Dixon and illustrated by James Lancett and Steve Simpson, the action-packed chapter book follows 10-year-old Aurora Beam, who’s just made a pretty big discovery: Her mum is a superhero – and Aurora has powers too!”
“When sparks of lightning start shooting out of her fingertips, it’s a lot to take in for this otherwise normal youngster. But she soon finds herself embarking on a high-voltage adventure of superhero proportions!”
7. Dancing in the Wings.
“Written by legendary dancer and choreographer, Debbie Allen, and with illustrations by renowned artist Kadir Nelson, this triumphant tale follows aspiring dancer, Sassy.”
“…And what she wants more than anything is to be a ballerina. But with her long legs and big feet, she stands tall – literally taller than the rest of the kids at her school. Too big to be picked up by the boys, and too tall to be in line with the other girls, Sassy dances in the wings during recitals.
But surely, with her confidence and skill, it won’t be long until she gets her chance to dance in the spotlight. Talented and tenacious, Sassy, we salute you!”
8. The Butterfly Princesses.
“Written by Rachel Beckles and with illustrations by Cennet Kapkac, this magical tale follows princesses Sapphire and Citrine, the daughters of King Alexandrite – ruler of all the precious jewels. The sisters share a love for their father – but struggle to share anything else.”
“In a bid to teach his daughters to be kind to one another, King Alexandrite turns to Mother Nature and forges a plan, for which his girls will have to work together.”
9. Fresh Princess.
“Written by Denene Millner and illustrated by Gladys Jose, this book takes its’ inspiration from the beloved sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, starring Will Smith. But in this version, it’s not a Fresh Prince but a Fresh Princess named Destiny.”
“Confident and stylish, this young heroine is super-skilled with a skipping rope – she can double Dutch like a pro! Faced with the challenge of moving to a new neighborhood, Destiny digs deep to show just how brave, fresh and fly she really is.”
10. Mary Had A Little Glam.
“Written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, this fun take on a familiar nursery rhyme follows trend-setting Mary, whose passion for fashion, glitz, and glam (and accessories) is unmatched! Mary also demonstrates an abundance of kindness as she shares her fashion tips with her classmates.”
“Fun-loving, super-stylish and full of flair, Mary we salute you!”
That was Davina Hamilton doing the ten-day book challenge in order to honor black girls in children’s books.
Then keep scrolling for some gorgeous fanart depicting Halle Bailey as Ariel.