Naomi V. Dunsen-White is a children’s book author who is passionate about diversity and literacy. Naomi seeks to inspire children with messages of family, diversity and the pursuit of their dreams. It is her belief that all children have a gift within them, just waiting to be discovered. It’s up to us, the adults in their lives, to help them discover it. Positive representation of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in children’s literature is of utmost importance to her. The diversity gap is very wide and very troubling. Naomi strives to make a difference in promoting and securing equity in children’s books.
Naomi’s debut children’s book, “Johari the Great” is an early chapter book with full-color illustrations. It’s an engaging tale about a clever boy named Johari. His teacher inspires him to use his imagination to write. So he does! A contest and a mystery follow, and a fun plot twist too! With a little humor and some help from his friends, Johari discovers his gift and the greatness he has within. It’s an inspirational story that celebrates diversity, learning, family, and the greatness that all children have inside, just waiting to be discovered. Emphasizing reading comprehension and vocabulary, the included questions enhance understanding and promote family discussion. A coloring book is also available, which also reinforces reading comprehension with fill-in-the-blank activities.