Teaching Traveling: Are you seeking inspiring, empowering children’s books? Look no further than Queen Girls, the stories of real-life inspiring women, turned into fairy tales by a traveling teacher named Andrea! Andrea, tell us about your background.
Andrea: My name is Andrea Doshi, and I am a 29-year-old dream-catcher from Chicago, Illinois. I have a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology, and I started my career working for Chicago Public Schools. As a person with numerous passions, my life is constantly changing. I am an advocate for children with special needs, a wanderer, a photographer, a cyclist, and an entrepreneur, and I am doing my best to incorporate all those into my life. Traveling has always been a large part of who I am, and I have spent the past couple years exploring Nepal, India, Tanzania, Brazil, Ecuador, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, and the list goes on…
TT: Now you are starting a series of inspiring children’s books called Queen Girls. Tell us more about these books.
A: I am so happy you asked! Queen Girls is a collection of children’s books for elementary school aged children. We are taking inspirational women from the past and turning their stories into fairy tales. As an alternative to traditional princess books, the stories are based on real women to give girls a positive view of life and help them envision their dreams as possible.
Often times, classic stories highlight the strength, courage and skills of men. Female characters are often stereotyped or one-dimensional: the mother figure, the homemaker, the exotic beauty, or the love seeker. We believe that we should be telling different stories to our children. Let’s encourage girls to find their happiness, passions, drive and self-confidence from within. At the same time, let’s help boys to move to a place of equality.
TT: I love this book series idea! Who is your first fairy tale about?
A: Our first fairy tale, “Bessie, Queen of the Sky!” is about Bessie Coleman, the first black women in the world to receive her pilot’s license. A girl ahead of her time, no one could have ever imagined Bessie would get out of the cotton fields and become a pilot, but with the help of her best friend, Bloony, Bessie uses her courage and determination to make her dream come true.
The book is being published in English and Spanish. My sister-in-law and partner in crime in this adventure, Jimena is an Argentinian native and grew up in Spain, so the Spanish language and culture are near and dear to her heart.