When it comes to raising prideful kids, Mom knows best!
"My name isDr. Candice Dawson and along with the original Prideful Kids, Caylee and Donovan, began this publishing company in February 2017. In our family we decorate for every holiday. My kids love it and honestly, so do I. As a mom that home schools her kids, I have always felt it was equally important to teach them their culture, as well as, expose them to others’ cultures. As you know, February is Black History Month. This year Caylee decided that she wanted to decorate the house for it. Well, there are not that many decorations available, if you can find any at all. I was able to locate a few posters and some games after doing weeks of searching online and in stores. It was disappointing when I found there were only books (none age appropriate for PK-K) in the teacher stores. I wanted decorations, but I also wanted to find some hands-on activities for my kids as well. Every store had the life cycle of a frog, but there was nothing hands-on when it came to Black History. I went home and began jotting several ideas of what the kids would like and possibly like concerning Black History decorations and activities. Suddenly I thought to myself, why not make our own. I combined my backgrounds in PK-8, higher education, Montessori method, and all my degrees and developed Prideful Kids. The idea grew into something bigger and more amazing than I could have ever imagined. I have my kids… the original Prideful Kids to thank for this incredible curriculum and products for 3-6 year olds. We hope you enjoy being a Prideful Kid as much as we enjoy it too!"
Let's get to know Dr.Dawson and what inspires her to create books that teach children to be culturally prideful!
Q:If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A:Don't be discouraged if you don't meet the timelines that you have set, take your time and continue to do things in excellence as you always have. Q:How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
A:Publishing my first book showed me how detailed I needed to be with my illustrator. I had this template of how I wanted the illustrations to be all written out in a document, bu I learned how she thought and she learned how I liked things. We developed a system that worked best for us to get projects finished in a timely manner that meet my expectations. We are completely in sync now. Q:What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
A:The best money I ever spent was on the illustrator. Q:What does literary success look like to you?
A:Literary success is not solely about selling my workbooks. It also includes leaving a legacy for my children. It is producing a product they approve, making decisions that my husband and I are in agreement with concerning Prideful Kids. True success is instilling self-pride in children through educating them by way of stories of people that look like them. If a child is happier about their skin color, their gender, their story then Prideful Kids has done it's job. Q:How do you select the names of your characters?
A:The names of my characters come to me. I pray about it and then I just get a name. Q:What is your favorite childhood book?
A:My favorite childhood book is "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein. Q:What does "Representation" mean to you?
A:Representation is seeing people that look like me in all places. It is also seeing people with similar stories, similar backgrounds, but it is also exposure. It is being exposed to people, places, and things that are not like me to expand the learning experience. True representation is a reflection of all, not just the majority. Q:Where can our readers find your book(s)?
A:The Heritage Series from Prideful Kids can be purchased at www.pridefulkids.com. Remarkable Rosa is currently for purchase and Marvelous Martin is coming soon. To find out about pre-orders for Marvelous Martin people can sign up at https://mailchi.mp/1ac99e8e6687/pridefulkids.