Children’s author Betty K. Bynum is preparing to release the first ever African-American doll fashioned in the likeness of a children’s book’s main character. The doll is based on the character from Bynum’s NAACP Nominated Children’s book I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl! from The I’m a Girl Collection, a literary series promoting positive images and mantras for young girls of color ages 2-9 .
I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL! introduces adorable Mia, who wakes with her hair just-a-going every which-a-ways! With her abundant energy and joy leading the way, readers follow Mia as she plays with her friends who are all shades, shapes and sizes.
The book is currently featured in all Target Stores and was the #1 selling African American Children’s Book on Amazon, making Amazon’s top 100 best-selling titles. The book features illustration from Claire Armstrong-Parod (Space Jams, Curious George) and received praise from the likes of Debbie Allen, Chris Rock, Ruby Dee, Hill Harper, Loretta Devine, John Singleton and Bill Duke.
The book can be purchased on Target: Target.com
18″ Mia doll is fashioned after the main character in book “Iʼm A Pretty Little Black Girl!”. Author Bynum collaborated with collectable doll maker Madame Alexander (Disney, Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Fancy Nancy).
“I am thrilled to be working with Madame Alexander on this project,” said creator/author Betty K. Bynum. “The book presents our girls with love, self-appreciation, good manners, ambition and a return to innocence – and the Mia doll is the culmination of all of these values. With their experience in doll development and understanding of what little girls want, Madame Alexander was the perfect company to develop this doll.”
The doll can be purchased at: dreamiam.myshopify.com
Check out documentary trailer about the book series below: