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Award-Winning Author and Illustrator Rashad Malik Davis Launches Second Children’s Book
May 11 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pmFree
Rashad Malik Davis will team up with Veronica Olivares-Weber, Princeton community leader, artist, arts educator, and board member of the Arts Council of Princeton, to launch his second children’s book, Carefree, Like Me! Chapter Two: Sacra the Joyous. A celebration of indigenous Mexican culture, the party will feature a live reading, a performance by Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli, an indigenous dance and education troupe that will perform their Danza Mexica, food, music, and arts activities, including a mini-mural activity about indigenous people, feathered bird wings, and clay pyramids.
About Carefree, Like Me! Chapter 2: Sacra the Joyous In the continued saga of Amir, a sensitive, heart-on-his-sleeve child, and Neena, his no-nonsense, rough and tumble best friend, the protagonists find themselves in a whole new realm, encountering another massive challenge: helping Sacra the Joyous. An abundance goddess who has lost her joy, Sacra is left unable to create wind, water, rain, and everything green, leaving her once-lush rainforest home a desert. Amir and Neena are tasked with helping Sacra get her smile and joy back so that life can return to the deserted realm. The story encourages children to learn about how we approach sadness, valuing our inner world while simultaneously seeing beauty in the world around us, the importance of community, and the incredible ancient Aztecs and their descendants.
Written & Illustrated by: Rashad Malik Davis
Ages 6-11 (Grades 2-5), but enjoyable for all ages
Format: Hardcover – 8.5 x 11
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release Date: October 2018
About the Author Rashad Malik Davis is a graduate of Tufts University, where he majored in Anthropology and minored in Mandarin Chinese. His debut venture into publishing his own work, Carefree, Like Me!: Chapter 1 – Root the Brave, won the 2017 Best Indie Book Award in the Children’s Category, and his second book, Carefree, Like Me! Chapter 2: Sacra the Joyous, followed in 2018. The seven-part series has themes of cultural diversity and inclusion, fantasy, empathy, and emotional literacy throughout, and are inspired by his own life experiences with his real-life best friend Nina, his connection to his spirituality, and his love of adventure tales. Davis currently resides in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. For additional information, visit ramalikillustrations.com.
Carefree, Like Me! is a seven-part series. Each book depicts a larger story and focuses on a hero with their own specific challenge. The heroes, who are based on the seven main chakras in Hindu and Buddhist philosophies, experience a new adventure in a different ancient civilization.
Carefree, Like Me! is registered with the American Wholesale Book Company, Baker & Taylor, Follett Library Resources, and Ingram, and will be available online with the following retailers: Amazon.com, Books A Million, Barnes & Noble, Mascot Books.