b-activists: New children’s book reminds us that we all have immigrant pasts (see authors read in NYC!)

image courtesy of keelyvelani.com,

photo courtesy of keelyvelani.com

One part of childhood everyone remembers are their favorite books; the characters, the story, and the lessons they taught. The new children’s book Davy Brown Discovers His Roots, by Keely Alexander and Velani Mynhardt Witthöft seeks to add a modern twist to the pool with a story about diversity and immigration.

Davy tells the story of young, Davy Brown, who thinks of himself as someone with no history, and his friends looking back to find their immigrant roots. In their search, Davy and his friends Carlos, Erika, and Amit discover that even the most seemingly typical people have exciting histories.

Find out more and authors reading after the jump:

While researching books on immigration, Witthöft, a South African immigrant herself, and Alexander, who has worked closely with immigrants, discovered that many immigration narratives tell immigration stories from a strictly historical or ethnic perspective, which sometimes leaves the reader on the outside looking in.

“We wanted to create a story that would blend the historic with the current to convey the message that we are all immigrants,” Alexander said. “In order to create understanding and tolerance, the immigrant experience needs to be relatable.”


The book is packed with modern, eye-catching artwork to keep things interesting, but also features important information on various types of visas and immigration paths—along with a handy reference guide.

Everyone has an immigration story—even you. Whether you came to this country in pursuit of a better life or your grandparents or great-grandparents came over on a boat with nothing but a dream, your story is an important thread in the fabric of the American tale. Sometimes we have to look back in order to look forward.

If you’re in NYC, the authors will be doing a signing and reading at Bluestockings Bookstore on Sept. 7th. 


Monday, Sept. 7tth, 1:00PM

Bluestockings Bookstore

172 Allen Street, New York, NY, 10002

(212) 777-6028

August 21, 2009 by akshay
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One Response to “b-activists: New children’s book reminds us that we all have immigrant pasts (see authors read in NYC!)”

  • JS Huntlands says:

    Posted: September 4, 2009 at 8:07 AM

    Set in today’s day and time, Me and My Best Friend is about a young boy, his faithful companion and their exciting adventures.

    Henry and Liam are the best of friends and they do everything together. They can run and play all day long. But when Henry the puppy gets tired and tries to take a nap, three-year-old Liam keeps waking him, wanting him to play some more. Will Henry get any rest?

    Get your children involved with this beautifully illustrated book. Your child will love to match up words and pictures, and find Liam, who keeps hiding in his bedroom. Perfect for the young reader!

    About the Author

    J.S. Huntlands is the author of Nick Twisted Minds and is currently working on more books in this series, as well as 23 more books in the Me and My Best Friend series. Huntlands is a full-time writer, as well as a mom to a wonderful four-year-old boy. This book is dedicated to her son in hopes that he never forgets his best friend.

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