Jasmine R. Owens, MPH lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children who constantly inspire her to create. As a first-generation graduate of Spelman College, her debut children's book was born out of her passion to educate and expose children early to the many career choices in the world. "When I became a mother, I started to reflect on the value of exposing my daughter to as many experiences as possible from a young age. In addition, I thought about the role of women role models in shaping her outlook on different professions and was inspired to write Girls Can Dream. I see it as one tool to help adults start early conversations about a child's future, whether they are a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle. Even more importantly, I wanted the book to showcase black girls in careers where I feel that we are often less represented", says Jasmine.
Girls Can Dream is published by Roshon Press and illustrated by Morenike Olusanya. Morenike Olusanya, popularly known as Renike, is a Nigerian visual artist, with a background in graphic design. She works as a freelance graphic artist, traditional artist and illustrator. She has, over the years, built expertise and gained recognition, both locally and internationally, as an illustrator. She enjoys creating art that centers and portrays the life of black women. She has worked with brands such as Dark & Lovely, Routledge amongst others.
Girls Can Dream is available in hardback and paperback editions through various U.S. retailers. The author also encourages supporting black-owned businesses and purchasing through local black-owned bookstores when available. To check the availability of Girls Can Dream at your local black-owned retailer visit: https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php
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