McCool & McBride

Empowering Children's Books📚

"Education is One of the main ingredients for fostering change"
By. Dr. Anthony McBride

Princess and The Power of Melanin

In this book, a beautiful young girl named Princess is introduced. She has two loving parents who teach her to always love herself and her magical skin complexion. After going to school and being teased, she starts to doubt what her parents told her about the unique glow of her skin. She is then educated about the power of her melanin, how it protects her from the Sun, and learns that it is one of her many superpowers! This is the first book of the Princess series. Princess and The Power of Melanin was created to uplift young girls and combat the colorism that often exists in the World. It is important to prevent young girls from viewing their melanin as a negative attribute. Sometimes kids can be mean to each other, and we want this book to serve as a tool to give young girls so much confidence that no bully can faze them. We want the story of Princess to remind every melanated girl to love themselves!

The Adventures of Darrius

The origin story of a brave superhero! Darrius is a very smart, intelligent, and talented kid from Chicago. While in school, Darrius is often confronted by a mean hall monitor named Billy. With the help of his friend Princess, he is able overcome this obstacle when he learns about his superpowers and strengths! This story is written by university professors Dr. Jeremy C. McCool and Dr. Anthony McBride. This book is a sequel to Princess and The Power of Melanin and helps to increase the self-esteem of Black children, while teaching them to prevail over bullying and the abuse of authority.

Jayde, a young reader provides her review of the Princess & The Power of Melanin

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Cool California kid reading Princess & The Power of Melanin. 

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What People Say about Us



The Adventures of Darrius explores heavy subject matter like self-empowerment, the negativity around bullying in schools, and the power of relationships and education. The book covers these topics in a way that is engaging and captivating to its young audience. This read is almost essential for the young minority; it empowers them to embrace the color of their skin and the value of knowledge. It encourages them to embrace their heritage and inner strength."

Dr. Bentley Gibson Associate Professor of Psychology

"As a Psychologist and a parent of a young Black child, I have found that by 5 years old children develop an understanding of prejudice, stereotypes and being treated differently due to the color of their skin. This book teaches children to recognize and stand-up against modern, implicit forms of discrimination"

"Reading is a Key that opens up our imaginations to new possibilities and realities"

Dr. Jeremy C. McCool