Frederick Douglas, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., and Matthew Henson are some of the heroes little boys and girls learn about each Black History Month. Hearing stories about these historical figures helps to inspire kids and show them that they can dream big and change the world.
Too often, the images that children of color see don’t represent them. A 2012 study in the academic journal Communication Research found that television exposure predicted a decrease in self-esteem for white and black girls and black boys. Co-researcher Nicole Martins explained, “If you are a girl or a woman, what you see is that women on television are not given a variety of roles. The roles that they see are pretty simplistic; they’re almost always one-dimensional and focused on the success they have because of how they look, not what they do or what they think or how they got there.”
Young black boys are getting the opposite message,” she continued. “That there is not lots of good things that you can aspire to. If we think about those kinds of messages, that’s what’s responsible for the impact.” Now, more than ever, it’s important that our children see positive representations of themselves.
I See Me helps kids themselves as heroes.
The personalized book company places your child at the center of their own story. Send a picture of your little one and their name, hair (blonde, brown, black or red), and skin color (light, medium, or dark), and you’ll get a book that makes them the main character in a fun adventure.
I See Me! sent a complimentary book for the 2Live Crew just in time for The Emcee’s 4th birthday. The boys’ eyes lit up when I pulled We Go Together Like… out for a bedtime story. “Hey! That’s us, Mommy!”
We Go Together Like… is perfect for brothers and sisters, cousins, and best friends. They’ll see their name on every page in little details like the colors of the rainbow and the stitching on a sleeping bag. The 2Live Crew saw that as brothers, they go together like peanut butter and jelly. Like hello and goodbye. Like cake and ice cream.
But they also saw that when they fight like dogs and cats, it makes them both sad.
I See Me! made The DJ and The Emcee heroes this black history month! You can make your kids the main characters in personalized books like My Very Own Name, I Can Change the World, and The Super Incredible Big Sister/Brother. Check out the I See Me website for more personalized books and gifts to make your child a hero, too.