My youngest is a dreamer as well as a fighter. She has faced difficulties in her education that her older siblings have not. In these struggles, she's found strength and determination that she didn't know was possible. I desire to encourage her to keep fighting for her dreams.
One of the best ways to keep her motivated is to show her other women who have persevered through trials and succeeded. When I heard about the Queen Girls series, I couldn't wait to share these stories with my girls.
Their mission is to inspire girls to follow their dreams and envision them as possible. This is the reason why the Queen Girl’s fairy tales are based on stories of real women stories.
‘Often times, classic stories highlight the strength, courage and skills of men while female characters are often stereotyped or one-dimensional. Did you know that 57% of children’s books have male protagonists, while 31% are female?[*1] We believe that we should be telling different stories to our children’ #queengirls
They also believe in giving back to the community and this is why they stand on a One for One model.
Every time you purchase a book, another will be donated to local and international organizations who are fighting illiteracy and empowering girls.
Bessie, Queen of the Sky
The first fairy tale is ‘Bessie, Queen of the Sky’ inspired by the story of Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman to hold a pilot’s license. The book will be available in English and Spanish.
‘When Bessie was growing up, no one could have imagined that a girl from a humble family would get out of the cotton fields and become a pilot. But with the help of her best friend Bloony, Bessie uses her courage and determination to make her dream come true!’
The story is inspiring and the illustrations are exquisite! My daughter loved reading this modern fairy tale.
How to get involved?
This multicultural team is formed by Jimena Durán (Spain), Andrea Doshi (USA) and Chiara Fabbri (Italy). They bring their diverse experiences to this initiative along with tons of love and dedication. Their intention is to open this collection to fellow authors and illustrators that could potentially bring their own Queens on board.
They are running a Kickstarter campaign to collect necessary funds to print the first book! Queen Girls is hoping to reach like-minded people who can help them 'kick' their crowdfunding campaign! They raised over half of what they needed in the first few days. If you believe in their mission and want to be part of the movement, donate and receive one of the first limited copies here!
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Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.