TUSKEGEE, Ala., June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Author C. Raymond Gray sheds light on race relations and diversity in children's literature. Parents, teachers, and librarians nationwide agree that when there is diversity in children's books all society wins.
In 1985, of the 2,500 trade books that were published, only 18 were by African Americans. In 2015, the numbers were up from 18 to 106 reports the Cooperative Children's Book Center. Gray has made it his life's mission to assist in the bridging of this gap. With 40 finished manuscripts, he is fully aware of the arduous task at hand.
To aid in closing the diversity gap he's rereleasing "The Fun-G-kins," book one of four installments. This fairy tale follows Clara Gooday age 9 on her amazing adventure. Becoming just inches tall, she's whisked off to Mushroom Valley.
A mythical place filled with magic and mystery. Here there are Fun-G-kins from every race on earth. The funny thing is they're all living in perfect harmony; no matter the color of the skin they're in. But how could this be? And just why can't big people or humans do the same?
The author C. Raymond Gray comments, "Metaphorically of course, this is about the human condition- its past, present, and future."
The Fun-G-kins have come to realize we are all the same no matter the color of our skin. This book teaches that anyone can be a brother, a sister, or a friend. Someone once asked, "Can't we all just get along?" This family-friendly, enchanting, thought-provoking tale touches on everything from the environment and saving animals, to race relations.
"With all of the splendor, magic and wonder that could put Oz to shame, C. Raymond Gray's story telling reminded me of the great J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. By the story's end, you are left hanging in suspense for the next installment. The FunGkins is a wondrous, captivating book that can be enjoyed by all ages. All I can say is ... Wow!"
- Readers' Favorite
" The FunGkins, is a superbly crafted fantasy adventure that will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to households, schools, communities, and library collections. It is certain to be a thoroughly enjoyed read from beginning to end."
- James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Children's Book Watch
About the Author:
From star athlete to writer, C. Raymond Gray's journey to authorship hasn't been an easy one. He's the sixteenth of twenty siblings. This native Tuskegee, Alabamian has been a storyteller for the past twenty years. He recalls that he first became captivated with the written word at the age of ten when he found a torn, tattered, and waterlogged copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. It then and even now gave him a thirst for writing and storytelling that he hopes is never quenched. Visit www.craymondgray.com to learn more details.
C. Raymond Gray
Phone: (704) 562 7960
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