Shawn Reid’s new book has powerful positive images for children of color

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Jeff and Raquel Copeland have their books autographed by Mr. Reid. The Copelands were buying copies to give to their nieces and nephews. Mrs. Copeland said the positive images of African Americans, particularly children, is a real plus. Mr. Reid’s daughter, Kiyanna Byrd, and wife, Cher Matthews, assist in the selling and marketing of the book.

BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer

Parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts, made a bee line to Our Brother’s Place, 233 N. Huron, on Wednesday, October 26, to purchase, Shawn Reid’s first children’s book entitled, “Sunny’s Peach Cobbler.”

The former Toledo resident, who, currently resides in Tampa, Florida, returned to his home town to promote his book, and autograph copies to those who purchased.

Shawn Reid, and his wife, Cher Matthews, who is also his publicist, saw a need to have more literature books for African American children.
Shawn Reid, and his wife, Cher Matthews, who is also his publicist, saw a need to have more literature books for African American children.

Mr. Reid works in executive leadership for the Federal Head Start Program, and is the former assistant director of Lucas County Jobs and Family Services, told The Toledo Journal that, during his years of working around children, he noticed that there was very little positive images that reflect African American children in literature, and thus wanted to change that fact.

“Writing this book was an opportunity for me to give back to the community by telling a positive family story, while giving the children positive images that they can relate to,” he said.

“Sunny’s Peach Cobbler,” tells the story of the main character, Sunny, and her interaction with her grandmother, who she refers to as “Big Momma.”

During Sunny’s loving interaction with her grandmother, she is eventually taught how to make a peach cobbler, which, the recipe for that cobbler is given on the back cover of the book.

“This story has been a part of my family for 75 years,” Mr. Reid said. “Besides being a good book with positive images, it helps children with emergent literacy skills,” he said.

Mr. Reid said that the book is in book stores in Florida, also in circulation throughout the Lucas County Library, and there’s a pending order with Toledo Public Schools.

To order a copy, which is only $12, visit www.duschamgt.com.

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