JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A national book tour started at a museum in Capitol City on Saturday, May 14th.
The Brown Girl and Brown Boy Red Carpet Book Tour stopped at the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Dr. Pamela Gurley hosted the trip to shed light on children’s authors, who are often underrepresented in various ways.
Gurley collaborated with other local writers to bring the kid-friendly red carpet to Jackson in an effort to teach children social skills, confidence, self-esteem, body positivity and emotional intelligence.
The event included live book readings, educational activities and food.
“It was important for me to celebrate literacy and everything connected with it. There is art, music and science. Everything is really part of literacy. This event celebrates it in a very holistic way,” he said. Gurley.
“It’s amazing. Kayden is my best friend, so I like that he’s in my book. They’re about reading. You read them, you can see all the words, and you have to obey them,” said author Eric Collins Jr.
Events during the book tour emphasized the importance of showing the different types of reading skills. The events also gave parents and children a chance to fill their bookshelves with characters who look like they do.
The next stop on the trip will be in Atlanta.