Naomi V. Dunsen-White is a children's book author who loves to inspire and encourage children to use their imagination, creativity and interests to discover their potential. Naomi has a passion for promoting diversity and equity in literacy. Determined to work toward closing the diversity gap in the children’s literature industry, she uses her social media presence to promote awareness about the need for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) representation in children’s books.
Naomi is a former educator and foster care specialist and has always found fulfillment in helping and teaching children. For years, she has enjoyed tutoring children in reading and writing, and she believes reading comprehension to be one of the most critical skills for children (and adults) to master. Naomi believes that encouraging children to become excellent readers and lifelong book lovers is one of the greatest opportunities a person could have. As an author, Naomi sees using her words to speak into children’s lives as a privilege and honor, but also a great responsibility. She believes that all children have a gift within, just waiting to be discovered. It is up to the adults in their lives to help them discover it. The joy of reading can be an important step toward discovery!
Having a passion to serve children, in particular those in disadvantaged areas, Naomi started a book donation program which has to date, blessed over 350 children with a new copy of her debut book, “Johari The Great.” This book features a boy who is inspired by his teacher to use his imagination to write, and discovers that his superhero power is found in using his pencil! Because of its academic value and encouragement of reading and writing, donations made to literacy agencies were put to good use in helping students reach their literacy goals.
Naomi utilized the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform for her second children’s book, “Why Am I Here? A Child’s Book About Purpose.” This beautifully illustrated book carries a powerful message about hope and purpose. It teaches children about purpose and discovering the unique path and possibilities that await them in a future that can be bright and beautiful. Although it is a book that will inspire any child, Naomi felt led to give this book to children who reside in the inner-cities of her home state of Michigan namely, Detroit, Flint and Pontiac. Through the Kickstarter campaign her goal is garner support from people everywhere to purchase the book for their own children and/or donate toward her cause to give the books to schools and children in need to remind them that despite their circumstances, they too, have a purpose. Visit her Kickstarter Campaign Page now at this link below. To learn more about Naomi and her Kickstarter Campaign, watch our Video Below.
Naomi has recently established a nonprofit organization, called Literacy and Diversity for All. The organization’s mission is to promote equity in literacy by supporting and assisting BIPOC authors and illustrators who write and illustrate children’s books with academic value and diverse representation, and distribute those books to schools, literacy organizations and children in diverse, underserved communities
If you need assistance in starting your own Kickstarter Campaign, please visit Naomi White's Website here https://www.naomibooks.com/
“Johari The Great is a well-written Chapter Book. Step into the world of a young man named Johari, where positive influences surround him. From the beginning, his parents support him with encouraging words of success. He makes his way to Marshall Elementary School, where his teacher inspires him to do his best. The classroom is a buzz of excitement. There is something big that is happening, a writing contest with a prize at the end.
Children and adults will eagerly read Johari the Great to find out what his story is all about. The build-up and anticipation felt in this book will get readers to move smoothly through each page. When it comes time for Johari to share his work. The readers will be able to feel his excitement as they listen to his descriptive detective story of mystery, a unique setting, and intriguing witnesses. Read Johari the Great to hear about his story and the magical surprise he may win.
Johari the Great is a positive book that will influence young children to reach for their own success. Eloquently written with words that move the reader easily from chapter to chapter. A great book everyone will enjoy from beginning, middle, to the end. I highly recommend this book to teachers and parents!” -School Psychologist
“Johari The Great is a cute book about a little boy who writes a story. His story was based on a dream that he had. When he gets to school, he if feeling nervous and you can feel his anxiety about reading his story in front of his classmates. Everyone, even adults can relate to how he feels. As he read his story, he kept looking at the crowd to see how they were seeing his perspective. At the end, he found out that they enjoyed his story.
This book can help kids get motivated to write or finish a story that they are writing. It also showed that he was nervous to share his story, but he did it and it turned out perfect. I liked how he was brave, he did what he needed to do, and accomplished it.” -Child age 10
Think Ahead Kids Chats with Naomi White about her Kickstarter Campaign for her new book!
Think Ahead Kids brings you an inspirational and informative Author Chat that will answer many questions that you may have about Kickstarter Campaigns. Watch today and listen to how Naomi White created her Kickstarter Campaign for her new book, Why Am I Here? A Child's Book About Purpose. Naomi tells us about her mission to support children of color. https://bit.ly/NaomiWhiteKickstarter
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