Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess by Deedee Cummings - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

 

Join us for this book series tour from May 24 to Jun 25, 2021!

A five-book series, Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess is a heartwarming story about family, role models, dreams, and discovering a determination for growth.

Series Details:

Series Title:  Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess by Deedee Cummings
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7)
Genre:  Children's Book
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   April 2021
Content Rating:  G

The Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess series of #OWNVOICE books is for Dreamers and the Doers of all ages. This diverse picture book series is a heartwarming look at the importance of family, speaking our truth, dreaming freely, and knowing our worth. Book 2 is part of a five-part series that shines the spotlight on a little Black girl who never lets anything get in the way of her dreams.

Parents, Caregivers, and Educators: By investing in this series, you help every child see that Black and Brown girls can be leaders, princesses, and the stars of their own stories. Children need to read stories that include characters who look like them. Offering these types of books to young readers is an essential part of building self-esteem, cultivating empathy, encouraging tough conversations, and letting children of color know they matter.

The Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess series is inspired by real-life budding Broadway Star, Kayla Pecchioni: a young Black woman who has always lived her life by believing in herself while letting nothing get in the way of her dreams. 

 
Book Details:

Book Title:  Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess by Deedee Cummings
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  24 pages
Genre:  Children's Book
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   April 2021
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

"Daughters often learn their place in the world by watching their mothers claim theirs." ~author, Deedee Cummings

The first in a five-part series, this diverse picture book shines the spotlight on a little brown girl who loves musical theater and never lets anything get in the way of her dreams. Everyone else has an idea of who she should be, but in the end, she discovers that she is the one who gets to decide.

The story also reveals the special family dynamic that Kayla shares with her mom; a hard-working woman who struggles with the guilt of not being as available for her young daughter as she would like. But as the story progresses, Kayla and her mom realize the impact of valuing the time they have together as well as the importance of seeing each other acknowledge (and pursue) their individual dreams. {ages 5 and up} 

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MY REVIEW
Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess is a sweet children's book based on an actual person.
Kayla is a little girl who has big hopes and dreams, and she'll let nothing stop her from being the princess she knows she was born to be. And with the support of her parents (especially her mom), Kayla knows that one day, when she grows up, she'll be a star.
I thought this was a cute book with a good message. No matter your race or gender, don't ever stop believing in yourself and your dreams. I also think this book, while aimed at young girls, can be beneficial to young male readers too. Especially because even now, as a society, we still have ingrained ideas of what boys can do and what girls can do. What I took away from this book is that it promotes being yourself and helping kids realize they can decide to do what makes them happy. If a little boy wants to do ballet, let him. If a little girl wants to be a mechanic, let her. And, in terms of Kayla, she loved musical theater and (spoiler alert) went on to be on Broadway. 
The illustrations in the book are bright and colorful, and I really enjoyed the quick, easy pace of the story. I know young readers will love it too. 
I would definitely recommend this series of books to kids of all ages.
5 stars!


Meet the Author:

As a therapist, attorney, CEO of Make A Way Media, and author of fifteen children's books, Deedee Cummings has a passion for ensuring equality, inclusion, and social justice for the next generation. Since her first book published in 2014, Cummings has been on a mission to help young dreamers and doers "see themselves" in the pages of the books they read.

Cummings has spent more than two decades working within the family therapy and support field, and much of her writing shares her experiences of working with kids in therapeutic foster care.

By the end of 2021, this #OWNVOICES author will have fifteen diverse children's books to her credit, including the Rapid Release of her Kayla: A Modern-Day Princess five-book series. All fifteen of Cummings' diverse picture, poetry, and workbooks for kids reflect her professional knowledge and love of life.

Cummings is also the founder and creator of the Louisville Book Festival, a literacy-based celebration in Louisville, KY, celebrated on October 22nd and 23rd, 2021.

 

Tour Schedule:

May 24 – Cover Lover Book Review – book series spotlight / giveaway
May 24 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
May 25 - Lisa's Reading – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
May 26 - Books Lattes & Tiaras – book series spotlight / giveaway
May 26 - Lisa's Reading – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
May 27 – Lisa's Reading – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
May 27 - Books for Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess
May 28 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book series spotlight /giveaway
May 28 - Books for Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams
May 31 – Westveil Publishing – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
May 31 - Books for Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle
June 1 – Westveil Publishing – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 2 – Westveil Publishing – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 3 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 7 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess
June 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 8 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams
June 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 9 – She Just Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle
June 9 - Pick a Good Book – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 10 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 10 - Pick a Good Book – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 11 – Rajiv's Reviews- book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess
June 11 - Pick a Good Book – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 14 – Rajiv's Reviews- book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams
June 15 - Rajiv's Reviews- book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle
June 15 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 16 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 16 - Splashes of Joy – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 17 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 17 - Splashes of Joy – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 18 - Splashes of Joy – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 18 – fundinmental – book series spotlight / giveaway
June 21 – Laura's Interests – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 22 - Leels Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 22 - Laura's Interests – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 23 - Leels Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 23 - Sahar's Blog – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess / giveaway
June 23 - Laura's Interests – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 24 - Leels Loves Books – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway
June 24 - Sahar's Blog – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Dishes, Dancing, and Dreams / giveaway
June 25 - Kam's Place – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess
June 25 - Sahar's Blog – book review of Kayla: A Modern Day Princess: Tough as Tulle / giveaway

 

Enter the Giveaway:

 

KAYLA: A MODERN-DAY PRINCESS Book Series Tour Giveaway

 


 

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