Simone Visits the Museum is an award-winning and beautifully illustrated children's book.
Join Simone and her mom as they explore Washington DC and even go to the Smithsonian NMAAHC for a quick visit!
A lovely children's book about Simone, an inquisitive and vibrant African-American girl, and the day she spends with her mother. With beautiful illustrations, it's the perfect book for bilingual children since they can also buy the Spanish edition and practice their Spanish. Perfect for children as young as three to ten years of age.
Simone always wants to go, get out, and explore! It's Saturday, and she is about to get her wish. Simone and her mother go about town doing different things, but the highlight of their day is when they go to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
While at the museum, Simone misplaces something she values, making it a great opportunity for her to learn about responsibility, paying attention to surroundings, and the importance of family. She also learns how easy it is to visit a museum on any given day, even if for a few minutes!
Charming and genuine, Simone Visits the Museum showcases the joy of visiting a museum, portrays the excitement of city living, celebrates the bond between mothers and daughters, and teaches basic museum etiquette and vocabulary.
It's a gorgeously illustrated picture book about family, love, and pride.
A wonderful book for a bedtime story that the whole family can share.
Order your copy today.
A 2019 International Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) Best Children's Book Award winner!
And, check out Simone Joins the Soccer Team where Simone learns to listen to her heart and to make the decision that is right for her.
About the Author
Dr. Kelsi Bracmort is a native Washingtonian who adores DC and the rich history offered to children and young people of all ages. She was inspired to write this book with the hope that a character like Simone will inspire all children to be proud of who they are, and to explore all that DC has to offer. She earned a B.S. in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, and both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. She is a participating author in the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program.
Takeia Marie is an illustrator from New York, comic book nerd, lover of food, and self-proclaimed hip-hop enthusiast. She enjoys working with small businesses and individuals with big ideas, having worked with clients such as The Mill, Goode Stuff Publishing, Action Lab, Brooklyn College Community Partnership, and more. Her work has been published in the Glyph Pioneer Award-winning anthology, Artists Against Police Brutality, and has been featured in Black Comix Returns: African-American Comic Art & Culture. When she is not drawing she likes to write and has contributed pieces to The Hip Hop Speakeasy and BlackSciFi.com.
"Breathtaking illustrations! ... Very well done. Dialogue shines, especially in the kind, loving and respectful language used throughout the family ... Simone expresses curiosity, excitement and gratitude for this adventure, and the story carries a warm, enriching tone of a well-loved family that appreciates their city and the people within it. Tremendous talent shown by both author and illustrator."
-- JUDGE, 26TH ANNUAL WRITER'S DIGEST SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS
"This book is delightful. The illustrations are beautiful and impressive. I enjoyed the way the book provided advice to children in a nuanced fashion: the appropriate way to behave in a museum, not being sassy with your parents, and insights on who some of the people who work in a museum are and what they do."
-- MR. GEORGE NORFLEET, AUTHOR OF A PILOT'S JOURNEY: MEMOIRS OF A TUSKEGEE AIRMAN, CURTIS CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON
"I loved this book! It not only beautifully describes the joy of visiting the museum, but the illustrations show the beauty of the city. As a former third grade DC Public School teacher who taught for 32 years, I think every DC public school and DC library should have this book so that teachers can use it as a learning tool for field trips."
-- MS. CAROL WILLIAMS
"Simone Visits the Museum is an awesome book. As a parent, I am thrilled to find a book whose character resonates with my children. As someone who has been in DC for over 30 years it is refreshing to see a story that reflects a positive experience of a young brown girl. The book depicts the city and all it has to offer in a realistic and engaging way. As an entrepreneur, I am so proud of Kelsi for her persistence, commitment and integrity throughout the process."
-- MS. MELISSA BRADLEY, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT PROJECT 500