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The Magic In Me is published by I See Me, in partnership with Crayola, and illustrated by Kamala Nair. This  personalized book is made uniquely for each child with their name, photo, skin tone, hair color, hairstyle, eye color and the option to add glasses or a wheelchair.

Show your child how they fit in to a colorful world and the important part that they play just by being themselves! This personalized book inspires kids to spread kindness and appreciate the beauty of everyone’s differences. It’s a beautiful way for children to learn about diversity and inclusion.

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Although she’s just a little girl, Charlie's big enough to take the lead to track down the runaway gingerbread man who has made a quick getaway from the oven!

This new take on the old classic, the book includes a gingerbread cookie recipe created by Michelle Gayer, a five-time nominee for the highest food industry honor, the James Beard Award.

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The story of a spirited little girl named Charlie who wants to play all night rather than go to sleep, until Mommy piques her curiosity with the magical tale of the Sandman.

Reviews

"I bought this in hopes that it might work for my speech therapy sessions next week. I just got the book and it goes well beyond my expectations! The book follows a similar sequence to other gingerbread boy books, but with familiar characters that look as diverse as my kids do! I also love that the gingerbread boy gets a new item of clothing/decoration on each page. Bonus: no one gets eaten at the end!"

“My son is now an adult, but when he was a small toddler, we would climb into bed together every night and read story book after story book. How I wish I could have read to him In Search of the Sandman. With her warm and beautifully written poetry, author Timi Bliss captures both a child's innocence and imagination. Her gorgeous illustrations are bound to hold a child's attention until, alas, the Sandman arrives. This book is a bedtime staple and I imagine someday reading it to my future grandchildren.”

Roxane Battle, media personality and author

Pockets of Joy - 2015 Midwest Book Awards | Family/Parenting Gold Award Winner

“This book deserves a place in every bedtime routine. In Search of the Sandman delivers on its promise and helps our little ones to close their eyes and welcome sleep.”

Anonymous Judge, 2018 Midwest Book Awards

“I LOVE this new children's book! It's a lovely new take on the gingerbread man story filled with people of all shades of the rainbow.”

Erin Zellner, very happy customer

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About the Author/Illustrator

I'm a children's book author, digital illustrator, and publisher of diverse children’s books that provide children of color with literature that relates, associates, and connects them to the world, and helps inform their sense of identity, self-worth and belonging.

 

My digital collage illustration style is influenced by the work of Ezra Jack Keats (whose books I grew up reading), Christian Robinson, and Vanessa Brantley-Newton for how they incorporate bright colors, fun patterns, and rich texture into collage art.

I'm a 2018 & 2021 award recipient of the McKnight Foundation funded Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Fund grant in support of my work as a children's book author/illustrator.

Beyond children’s literature, I have created community artwork for the Black Lives Matter street mural and Metro Transit buses and shelters in Minneapolis; and produced a virtual story time video series for the Ramsey County Library.

 

In 2020, I was included in the list of 10 of Minneapolis’ Most Innovative Black Entrepreneurs and Makers by Meet Minneapolis.