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Kaya's Story: Exploring Indigenous Culture

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Join young Kaya on a captivating journey through the heart of Indigenous culture in 'Kaya's Story: Exploring Indigenous Culture.' In this enchanting tale, Kaya, a spirited and curious child, shares the ancient wisdom and traditions of tribes that have been passed down through generations.

As Kaya embarks on her adventure, she listens intently to the whispers of the wind, revealing to her the secrets of the land, the significance of sacred rituals, and the importance of preserving the natural world. Through Kaya's eyes, young readers will discover the rich tapestry of Indigenous heritage, from storytelling around the campfire to the art of traditional craftsmanship.

'Kaya's Story' is a beautifully illustrated and heartwarming book that not only educates but also inspires children to connect with the world around them and respect the diverse cultures that make our planet so unique. It's a heartfelt tribute to the Indigenous peoples whose wisdom has been shaped by the land and who continue to be stewards of its beauty.

 ISBN: 978-1-0881-7589-7


  • JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Exploration & Discovery
  • Juvenile Fiction : People & Places - Other
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Diversity & Multicultural

Lexile Range: 1010L-1200L (Grade 4-6)
Audience: Juvenile (Child 9-11)
Page count: 34

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Author's Biography

Shakeema Funchess is an inspiring author who is making a difference in the lives of young readers. She is a graduate of Saint Bonaventure University and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and pre-law. She minored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Born and raised in bustling cities in New York, Funchess developed a love for writing and storytelling at a young age. After completing her education, Funchess began her career as a writer, focusing on creating stories that would empower and inspire young readers. She drew upon her own experiences as an African American woman to create relatable characters that would help children understand the complexities of the world around them. She is deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in her writing, and her stories often feature characters from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Funchess is known for her dynamic and engaging artistic style, which is both educational and entertaining. Her stories often tackle difficult topics such as racism, discrimination, and prejudice, but always do so with a message of hope and resilience. She is also a dedicated advocate for literacy and education and has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of reading and writing skills among young people. She wants her books to captivate and inspire young readers, and she remains committed to creating stories that promote diversity, kindness, empathy, and understanding.

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