Resources for Families with Children

Dr. Talaya L. Tolefree

Dr. Tolefree is a Children’s book author, owner of Sankofa Moments Publishing, educator and Restorative Practices practitioner. She uses her Restorative Practices Framework to train, coach and mentor teachers and scholars in building meaningful relationships. As a mother and former early education administrator of 10 years, she understands the importance of equity in literacy, starting with our earliest learners as they are developing their self-identity, discovering their relationship with themselves, their peers and community.

An increasing number of parents and educators are in search of more books that affirm Black children and their lived experiences. Dr. Tolefree is committed to supporting them by creating books to meet their needs. She enjoys working with children, parents and community members of all ethnicities to address race-equity in order to move toward a more human-centered world. She aims to continue to write inclusive books that center on and celebrate Black children, their humanity, culture and their belonging in the world. She hopes you will join her in transforming the narrative of Black children by investing in their humanity and ensuring access to inclusive and affirming literature. Dr. Tolefree earned her Doctor of Ministry from Bethel Seminary.

Books by Dr. Talaya Tolefree

"Grandma Sankofa's House" is the first children's book about African Indigenous Restorative Practices. Nia and Savannah are best friends who love playing outside together. The only thing they love more is going to Grandma Sankofa’s house. Grandma Sankofa’s House is a story that celebrates humanity and relationship building. Sankofa is a Ghanaian word that means, “looking back to move forward,” in a positive way.

"Creative Crown Turn That Frown Upside Down! I Love My Natural Hair" is a story about a little girl who was teased at school about her natural hair. With a little help from her Grandma Sankofa, she is reminded how much she loves her natural hair. Her confidence increases with the turn of each page as she magically changes hairstyles and makes personal connections when she sees her reflection.