It all started with A Kids Book About Racism, a book written by co-founder and CEO, Jelani Memory. As a black father with a blended family (four white kids and two brown kids), racism was an inevitable topic of conversation. He thought he’d only print one copy, but it turned out other grownups thought their kids could use an honest kids book on the topic. That one book turned into more by new authors on topics like belonging, feminism, gratitude, cancer, and so many more. Meet A Kids Book About, a new kind of publishing company that makes kids books that matter, because kids are ready.
They make kids books that matter. There are no dragons, silly bears, or cute tales about princesses. Only the challenging, empowering, and important topics that kids experience every day. Kids' lives are complicated, and their mission is to help kids and their grownups have honest conversations about things that matter.
The first thing you’ll notice about their books is that they’re different. They wanted to create books that treated kids like they were smart and spoke to them straightforwardly and honestly. Their books emphasize color, layout, and type to help kids apply the stories to their lives instead of only thinking of the characters in the book. Their books are twice as long as most children books, enabling a deeper dive on each subject. Their books are honest and don’t shy away from the most difficult aspects of each topic.