Granny, who is God?
In her illustrated multicultural children’s book, author Carmen Bogan entertains this question that has probably lingered in the minds of most small children.
The book, “Granny, Who is God?” follows a six-year-old young girl, Ladybug, as she tries to figure out who her grandmother’s invisible friend is. Bogan says the idea for the book came from the fact that “sometimes we talk over children’s heads when we talk about God.”
“Granny is always talking to him but Ladybug has never seen this God that she talks to,” Bogan said in an interview with The Post.
As Ladybug spends time with Granny and her friends, the young girl is determined to meet this “mysterious, invisible best friend.”
The book was published this past November as the first book under Bogan’s company, Dream On Publishing, an independent publishing house dedicated to publishing multicultural children’s books that reflect diversity.
“We do not have enough multicultural children’s books,” said Bogan who holds two bachelors degrees in English and journalism from Stanford University and a masters of business administration from UCLA. “There are so many multicultural children and these children deserve to have books that reflect their interests and their cultures, their legacies and to have characters that look like them.”
For Bogan, writing became an outlet to express herself growing up in Compton. She says her mother was an amazing writer, although she only had an 8th grade education.
“We would write poetry together,” she said, recalling evenings spent writing with her mother. “She would write a stanza and I would write a stanza and we would go late into the evening writing and rhyming poetry.”
Bogan says she wants to write and publish more books that celebrate children’s diversity and books that kids will enjoy.
During the Oakland school district’s African American Literature Read-in Celebration this week, she read her book to students in Oakland seeking to inspire in them a love for reading.
“Our children deserve this. We want kids to enjoy it and then grow as a result of reading,” she said. Bogan also plans to start writing workshops for elementary students in Oakland.
“Literacy is a springboard to all dreams,” Bogan added. “It shouldn’t stop with dreaming, it should move on and manifest. We have a responsibility to manifest it.”
“Granny, Who is God?” is for ages 4 and up. Illustrations by artist Virginia Jourdan. It is available to purchase at www.dreamonpublishing.com.