Looking for an engaging book to teach children about building self-confidence, developing a sense of pride in their family history, and looking beyond tiaras and princess dresses? This is it!
Afia is a young girl who dreams of being a princess but doesn’t know of any princesses who look like her. She travels to Ghana to visit her grandmother and learns about her ancestor who was a brave warrior queen. Available for sale on Amazon.com
The purpose of the story is to:
- Emphasize the importance of diverse representation in children’s books;
- Introduce young girls and boys of diverse backgrounds to stories which allow them to relate to the main characters;
- Encourage children to learn about their family history and cultural heritage;
- Empower children to develop self-confidence and a sense of pride in their diverse family backgrounds; and
- Inspire all readers to develop an interest in learning more about African history and culture.
The author, Crystal Boateng was born and raised in Kumasi, Ghana. She moved to Massachusetts at a young age with her family. She is a proud alumna of Mount Holyoke College and holds a law degree and MBA from the University of Connecticut. Crystal is married with two children, Whitney and Leo, who are her inspiration behind Afia the Ashanti Princess: A Visit to the Motherland. She wrote this book to introduce young readers of African descent to a non-traditional princess story so that they can identify with the main characters. Her hope is to inspire young readers of her Ashanti Princess book series to develop an interest in further learning more about Ghanaian culture and history.