For hundreds of years, there’s been a false assumption that Black fathers are absent, apathetic, and uninvolved of their kids’s lives.
The stereotype of the absent Black dad stays fairly ubiquitous in fashionable tradition.
It usually takes the type of a dysfunctional household unit, however lately, research have confirmed that the stereotype is nothing greater than a fantasy.
That legend is additional vaporized within the new kids’s e-book, “I Love My Daddy,” by Maryland social employee and navy veteran Juanita Banks Whittington.
The 27-page e-book, full with fascinating illustrations by Ananta Mohanta, celebrates what Whittington calls “the distinctive and particular bond between a father and his little woman.”
It follows a father and his child woman, who play collectively in parks, and the doting dad reads bedtime tales every night time to his beloved daughter.
For Whittington, the e-book opens her dwelling to readers.
It reveals the camaraderie between her and her husband, Ian, and his routine of doting on their daughter, Zuri.
“My husband reads to my daughter each night time,” Whittington stated on the Nationwide Newspaper Publishers Affiliation digital present “Let It Be Identified.”
She stated her husband helped encourage her to put in writing a kids’s e-book in regards to the relationship between a Black father and his youngster.
“He saved telling me he wasn’t seeing Black fathers in kids’s books,” Whittington stated.
“There was at all times the grandmother and youngster, or the mom and the kid.
“So, I went to family and friends members, and so they stated they appreciated the thought, and I went ahead and located an illustrator that I appreciated.”
She famous that it was a should that the illustrator may relate.
“And he was all the things I used to be in search of, particularly within the illustration to painting all of the issues that go on in my family,” Whittington stated.
A navy veteran and social employee, Whittington is the founding father of Nehi Cares, a consulting, basis, and wellness enterprise that focuses on the significance of variety, fairness, and inclusion and helps people perceive the foundations of wellness by working towards wholesome habits day by day to realize higher bodily, social, emotional, and psychological well being outcomes.
Whittington holds a bachelor’s diploma in enterprise administration from the College of Baltimore and a grasp’s in social work from the College of Maryland Baltimore.
Her buddies and family members stated Whittington has at all times displayed a ardour for serving to, which comes throughout in “I Love My Daddy.”
“I needed to be sure that I did [the book] proper,” Whittington defined. “I needed to be sure that it was one thing that different households may relate to. So many individuals have stated they needed to put in writing a kids’s e-book after seeing and speaking with me, so I needed to painting one thing constructive.”
“Many occasions, in our neighborhood, there’s this negativity about Black fathers, so I needed to be sure that, no matter their race, folks may choose this e-book up and say, ‘It’s superior. I may relate to this, and I need this for my youngster.’”
“I Love My Daddy” retails on Amazon.com for $14.99. Click on right here for extra data and to buy the e-book.