Magical Baby – Portraying Black Girls as the Stars in Their Own Stories
It’s a common adage among under-represented groups that “if you can see it, you can be it.” That sentiment is what inspired the book Magical Baby.
As an avid reader, when author Rukayyat Kolawole had her first daughter, she wanted to foster a love of literature in her baby at a young age. But when she realized she couldn’t find any baby books in German featuring a brown baby protagonist (and certainly no brown girl protagonists), that dream hit a hurdle.
Still, Kolawole wanted her daughter to be able to see herself in the pages she read. That’s why she wrote Magical Baby, a picture book featuring her daughter as the protagonist of her own adventure.
The Purpose Behind the Story
In a way, the book is a love letter to her daughter and little girls like her. Kolawole sees the book as a stepping-stone to developing confidence and self-esteem at a young age. By seeing herself memorialized in the pages of a book, Kolawole hopes to empower her daughter and all little brown girls to see themselves as the heroes of their own story.
Magical Baby is now available in English, French, German, and Spanish. With bold, beautiful watercolor illustrations that will appeal to young readers as well as their caretakers, it’s sure to become a well-loved family classic.
The story and characters have been crafted with small children in mind, aiming to capture their imaginations. But the craftsmanship and the mission behind the book elevate the story beyond a typical baby book into a story that’s sure to be treasured for generations to come.
In her own words:
I wrote Magical Baby for my daughter. I wanted her to be able to see babies and girls like herself represented in books, since this is helpful for building self-appreciation and confidence.
The book is also available in English, French, and Spanish to encourage more kids of all colours to appreciate the beauty of diversity like a rainbow.
I am the founder of PaceUP Invest GmbH in Germany, a fintech company empowering women to be financially independent. I have over 15 years of experience in the financial industry. I’ve worked in investment banking, Investment Management, and Capital Markets at companies like Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, Reuters, and BMCE International London. I am a transcultural communicator and leader, having worked on international assignments throughout my successful career.
What makes you stand out?
Magical Baby is a unique book for all kids to appreciate diversity and inclusion, featuring a brown baby girl as the main character.