JACKSON, Ms. (WJTV) – A national book tour kicked off at a museum in Capitol City on Saturday, May 14.
The Brown Girl and Brown Boy Red Carpet book tour stopped at the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Dr. Pamela Gurley hosted the tour to shine a light on children’s authors, who are often underrepresented in different ways.
Gurley collaborated with other local authors to bring the red carpet for kids to Jackson in an effort to teach kids social skills, confidence, self-esteem, body positivity, and emotional intelligence.
The event included live book readings, educational activities and food.
“It was important to me to celebrate literacy and everything related to it. There is art, music and science. It’s all really a part of literacy. This event celebrates that in a very holistic way,” said Gurley.
“It’s awesome. Kayden is my best friend, so I like that he’s in my book. It’s about reading. You read them, you can see any words and you need to pronounce them,” said author Eric Collins Jr.
The events during the book tour emphasized the importance of showcasing the various forms of literacy. The events also gave parents and children the opportunity to fill their shelves with characters that look just like them.
The next stop on the tour will be in Atlanta.