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About Crystal Swain-Bates
Crystal's children's books have been seen on platforms including CNN and Huffington Post and used as props for hit television shows such as BET's "Being Mary Jane" and "The Game".
Named by the Huffington post as one of "21 Children's Books Every Black Kid Should Read" and cited by numerous media outlets, including Essence magazine, as a top book emphasizing natural hair and brown girl beauty, her book "Big Hair, Don't Care is one of Amazon's most highly reviewed black children's books on the market.
Armed with a passion for empowering black children around the world, Crystal is the brainchild behind BrownGirlsClub.com, an online store featuring books, t-shirts, party supplies, wall art, and other children's gifts featuring black characters.
A native of Atlanta, GA, Crystal holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from Florida State University and is an avid world traveler.
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It´s not always easy being a kid. Designed to boost self-esteem and build confidence in kids of all races, this beautifully illustrated picture book is aimed at boys and girls who may need a reminder that it's ok to be different.
Designed to boost self-esteem and build confidence in children of all ages, this fun rhyming picture book follows a freckle-faced girl and a gap-toothed boy throughout their day as they show the reader they celebrate their appearance and feel comfortable in their own skin, just the way they naturally are! By the end of the story, young readers will be chanting the theme of the book: "I'm proud to be naturally me!" While this book features African-American children, its message of self-acceptance is a universal one that can be enjoyed and appreciated by children of all races.
Perfect for children in single-parent homes, this picture book celebrates a single mother's seemingly supernatural ability to care for her children, at least in her daughter Miadora’s eyes as she attempts to showcase her Supermommy at her school’s show and tell.
~Are you a hair product junkie in need of an intervention?
~Could you benefit from learning ways to save money on your natural hair?
If you answered “yes” or even “maybe”, this book is definitely for you!
Perfect for transitioners, the newly natural, and natural hair pros alike, this easy-to-read guide is packed full of practical advice and money-saving tips to help you go fabulously natural without going broke!
This book includes topics such as:
-How to repurpose common household goods to benefit your natural hair
-How to make your own hair products
-Where to find knockoffs of popular natural hair products and tools
-How to find the best prices on products online and at local stores
-Where to purchase shea butter, oils, and other hair friendly products from wholesalers
***Note from the Author***: Since cutting off my relaxed hair and going natural in 2010, I have become a magnet for relaxed and natural heads alike
sharing their reasons for or against doing the same. To date, one of the most striking reasons I have heard for not going natural—and part of the impetus for writing this book— was from a woman who simply said, “It costs too much.” Once the initial shock wore off, I realized that while natural hair does not cost a lot of money to maintain, there certainly is a perception that it does. This book is aimed at changing perceptions of the costs required to grow and maintain beautiful natural hair.
Parents, teachers, and caregivers can use this fun, rhyming picture book to help explain what it means to be gluten-free, to reinforce the basics of what is and isn't allowed on a gluten-free diet, and to show that being a gluten-free kid isn't so bad after all.
Although I must think carefully
To make sure foods are gluten-free
It's fun to pretend I'm a spy
Searching for wheat, barley, and rye!