MH: It's coming out on June 2nd! Share this inspiring picture book with young readers to help introduce vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris. We have so many independent bookstores that are really struggling to stay afloat and online orders mean a ton to them. See if your friends have read any of Meena Harris's books. I also knew early on growing up that I was very creative. I'm done. What can I do? . Ana's work also reminds me of Jamaican artwork with the combo of very high contrast and bright colors, and I was drawn to that. In spite of my best efforts, my bookshelves in no way reflect the diversity of the world and they barely scratch the surface of being a mindful, community-oriented human. To the best of their professional credentials, Meena Harris is popular as the founder of the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign. The third thing is constantly seeking feedback and not underestimating the value of your peers at providing feedback and mentorship.
. We see it in every industry that there are these norms that I think we really need to disrupt. Be sure to follow @meena + @phenomenal on Instagram, and head to PhenomenalGirl.com to pre-order your copy of Kamala and Maya's Big Idea from one of many independent bookstores! How you raise your kids with that spirit and with that intention around whatever you want to call it: giving a damn, wanting to help your community, social justice, social activism. I've been very happy to be able to follow in the footsteps of people who have been pioneers in many ways of putting out more feminist and women-focused children's literature, but we still have such a long way to go. I never, ever thought that I was going to be an author or, for that matter, a kid's book author. In today's edition of Creative Crushin', I'm thrilled to share the story of Meena Harris, who is seeking to change the landscape of children's books, one big idea at a time. And it's still growing. I think that's kind of the lesson in it. For me, the answer is pretty much never. Sign of the times. We launched a campaign during this pandemic to draw attention to the fact that farm workers are essential. Equally devoted to power suits and soft AF athleisure, Meena also happens to be a style icon. Fake laughs always lead to real laughs, even virtually ;). Senator from Massachusetts, “An inspiring tale.”—Stacey Abrams, Former Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives; Founder and Chair, Fair Fight Action, “I love this book.”—Megan Rapinoe, Co-Captain, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. We worked with Families Belong Together for that one. It's through parents, family, community and through books. And that's how I built it. Month by month, and then that December I said "Okay, I'm going to go back to my regular life.
And also the fact that we are seeing so many mothers around the country who are stepping up saying, "I can't stand by and let this happen and I'm going to get involved and I'm going to provide aid and help to those families." AT: Where and when can we read Kamala and Maya's Big Idea? I didn't set out to do that. A beautiful, empowering picture book about two sisters who work with their community to effect change, inspired by a true story from the childhood of Meena Harris's aunt, US Senator Kamala Harris, and Meena's mother, lawyer and policy expert Maya Harris. It's that each of us can play a role. MH: Similar to what inspired the book to begin with, I was very intentional and specific about wanting to have a woman of color illustrator. (
Meena hasn't connected with her friends on Goodreads, yet. MH: It was never supposed to be anything. Anjelika Temple here, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Brit + Co, mom to two half-Indian half-British girls, and avid seeker-outer of diverse kid literature. The other more relevant one that we re-engaged recently is Phenomenally Asian. Each of us has a role to play and can do our part. We just did a Per My Last Email sweatshirt, because we're all working from home. Tell me more about the inception of your book and what inspired you to write it. AT: And now to the advice part of the interview, what are your words of wisdom for people who are starting anything on their own? So while I did end up going to law school, Phenomenal is where I've fully realized my creative and entrepreneurial side that, until now, I had kind of put to the side. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.