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The newest addition to a lineup of books that promotes positive images of children of color in literature is written by brothers Zion (8) and Zephaniah (12) Singh Ponder. Not only are the young siblings authors, but they’re also the co-chairmen of the social venture that will publish the book, Story to Tell Books. On February 11th, Zion and Zephaniah are officially releasing Selah’s Bridge, a middle grade chapter book that tells the story of a friendship between characters of vastly different backgrounds who face separation due to one of their fathers’ prejudices.
A portion of the proceeds from Selah’s Bridge, like other titles by Story to Tell Books (STTB), will be donated to other organizations, ones which foster positive images of and opportunities for children of color. Since 2016, the social venture has raised thousands of dollars for worthy organizations such as Running Rebels and United Way.
When asked about the main theme of the book, Zion said, “We wanted to show that we can get further with bridges than fences.” Zephaniah added, “It is important not to divide, but instead to come together.”
The book’s beautiful illustrations are the work of Nilima Singh, age 12, who comes from a family of artists!
Selah’s Bridge can be purchased for $11.99 at www.storytotellbooks.com or starting mid March from online bookstores. Educators, parents, caregivers, and people who support children of color are encouraged to add Selah’s Bridge to their book collection.