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New Voices in Children’s Literature: Sarah Jung ’19 on “Daddy’s Love for Me,” Asian Representation & Family

New Voices in Children’s Literature: Sarah Jung ’19 on “Daddy’s Love for Me,” Asian Representation & Family

Sarah Jung is currently a graduate student of Urban Elementary Education at TCNJ. She and her sister, JoAnn, who attends WelIesley College, are in the process of publishing their very first children’s picture book! The title of their book is “Daddy’s Love For Me,” and they are working with Mascot Books, an independent hybrid-publishing company.

“Daddy’s Love For Me” introduces a young girl who believes her dad does not love her. She describes how absent he is in her life, is stingy with buying her toys, and misses out on important events in her life. Throughout the first half of the book, she holds strong grudges against her dad – until she encounters unexpected moments that help her realize that her dad actually does love her. Perhaps not in the ways that her friends’ dads do – but in his own special ways.

This book will be valuable for two major reasons. For one, the story will challenge young children to understand that parents show love to their children in a myriad of ways and that there are legitimate barriers that prevent parents from showing love in the fullest form. Second, the story features an Asian family, which will increase Asian representation in children’s literature, given that it is currently less than 4% in the U.S.

The Jung sisters are currently fundraising to meet the upfront costs of publishing, which include illustration, cover and interior design, and printing and binding of the book. They recently set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise about $5,500. If you are inspired by their story and mission and are interested in donating, please see this link: https://www.gofundme.com/children039s-picture-book-publishing&rcid=r01-155560499703-1c0a5801cc2a4e51&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

Interested in more? Read JoAnn Jung’s interview with The Wellesley News: https://thewellesleynews.com/2019/04/17/new-voices-in-childrens-literature-joann-jung-20-on-daddys-love-for-me-asian-representation-and-family/

KDP holds “Developing Kids with a Thinking Mind” with Trenton Elementary Students

KDP holds “Developing Kids with a Thinking Mind” with Trenton Elementary Students

Developing Kids with a Thinking Mind was a KDP-sponsored event for students from Carroll Robbins Elementary School in Trenton, held on Sunday, April 7th, 2019. Students participated in four PBL-based, hands-on activities. Throughout the event, students created their own creature, made elephant toothpaste, estimated how many M&Ms were in a jar, and investigated what oobleck… Continue Reading

Mothers of the BLM Movement Speak with TCNJ Students

Mothers of the BLM Movement Speak with TCNJ Students

On February 6, 2019, students, faculty and staff packed in Mayo Concert Hall for the Mothers of the Movement town hall discussion. Sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the Black Student Union, the program featured Gwen Carr and Samaria Rice—the mothers of Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, respectively, whose deaths at the… Continue Reading

Dr. Kim-Bossard Awarded Field Research Fellowship by the Korea Foundation

Dr. Kim-Bossard Awarded Field Research Fellowship by the Korea Foundation

Dr. MinSoo Kim-Bossard, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, received the 2019 Field Research Fellowship from the Korea Foundation. Dr. Kim-Bossard will be carrying out month-long ethnographic interviews with Filipina immigrant mothers in South Korea to learn about the impact of Filipina immigrant mothers’ knowledge of the English language… Continue Reading

TCNJ Graduate wins 2017 Aletha Wright Award

TCNJ Graduate wins 2017 Aletha Wright Award

Mrs. Ana Berdecía has won the 2017 Aletha R. Wright Award Excellence in Early Care and Education, presented by the New Jersey Early Care and Education Alliance. More information on the award can be found on the NJECE website. Mrs. Berdecía is a graduate of our P-3 and Master’s programs in Early Childhood Education and holds a… Continue Reading

SOM 203 Classes Join the Constitution Day Celebration

SOM 203 Classes Join the Constitution Day Celebration

As is required of all educational institutions receiving federal funding and to enhance our Social Studies and Multicultural Education (SOM 203) courses, three course sections visited  the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. The SOM 203-01, -02, and -03 sections, along with faculty members Drs. Hinitz, Ammentorp, Conte, Prince, and Burroughs, participated in the annual celebration of “Constitution… Continue Reading

Jillian Manzo (’15) Wins NJAECTE Award

Jillian Manzo (’15) Wins NJAECTE Award

Jillian Manzo (Early Childhood Education/History ’15, Phi Kappa Phi ’15) has won the the New Jersey Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators award: Outstanding Early Childhood Student for 2015. The award was presented to Manzo by Dr. Louise Ammentorp at the Barbara Meyers Pelson ’59 Panel on Faculty-Student Research Engagement on Wednesday, March 30th. At the Pelson… Continue Reading

ECE Student, Jennifer Liang, Presents at the United Nations

ECE Student, Jennifer Liang, Presents at the United Nations

Jennifer Liang, a senior Early Childhood Education and Psychology Major recently presented at the United Nations as part of the CTUAN Conference. Ms. Liang worked with Dr. Madden through the MUSE program during the summer of 2015 to investigate early childhood environmental education. Dr. Hinitz encouraged Jennifer to submit a proposal to present at CTUAN.… Continue Reading

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