Inspired by her children’s book “Homecoming,” La-Donia Alford Jefferies explains what happens on an HBCU campus after the homecoming is over and the real work begins.
North Carolina A&THomecoming is a big deal for La-Donia Alford-Jefferies and her family.
“You know I tell people; my kids will ask me when it’s homecoming before they ask me when it’s Christmas,” Jefferies said.
Back to basics is so important in her house that she decided to write a book about it. Aggie alum and former NC A&T adjunct teacher is the author of the children’s book Back home.
“Back home came out in 2019,” Jefferies said. “I was pregnant with my first child, and I was in Cincinnati, Ohio at the time, and I really wanted to come back for the homecoming. I wanted to be able to share the homecoming with her at a very young age and I wanted to be able to explain it where she could understand.”
But what happens on site throughout the year? Jefferies explains this in his latest children’s book The ABC HBCU.
“I also wanted the kids to learn and understand what happens on a college campus when the ride home is over,” Jefferies said. “What’s going on in these labs, why are there X-rays, and how fun college can be to introduce kids to HBCU culture.”
Jefferies describes the illustrations in her books as nostalgic with a ’90s feel. She said she and her illustrator wanted the kids to see each other throughout the pages.
“We wanted our characters to have natural hairstyles, natural hair textures, and see beautiful black and brown faces as well as other faces, to show the diversity of HBCU campuses,” Jefferies said.
Overall, she hopes her books will teach children the importance of higher education.
“I think it’s important that you don’t wait until kids get to middle school to start thinking about college, but they start thinking about it at age two, three, even four because they’re excited to this topic,” Jefferies said. “They want to be involved, they want to know more.”
Books can also be purchased at https://thehbcuhomecomingbook.com/.
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