PAWTUCKET – As a Cape Verdean immigrant who has lived in Pawtucket since the age of 4, Magda Delgado, 33, said she wrote the children’s book ‘My Name Is King’, to teach affirmation and give representation to people of color.
“My Name is King” tells the story of a young boy, King, watching his mother say affirmations to herself in the morning and explaining the importance of self-love. The mother teaches the son how to make these affirmations and, in turn, instructs the reader.
“It’s about learning self-love. Much of the younger generation of people of color is experiencing racism and the effects of colonialism. It explains the claims through the eyes of a child,” she said.
As a student in the Pawtucket school system, Delgado said parents don’t understand or know about the challenges students face until they open up. Delgado said she hopes “My Name is King” will help start those conversations between young people and adults.
Delgado said she always wanted to write a book and remembers writing compelling stories as early as her elementary school days. In 2020 and beyond, Delgado set out his intention to complete “My Name is King” and said it took him less than four months to write. It was published on Mother’s Day by Earn Your Leisure Publishing of Rochester, New York.
Delgado said the book has received a positive reception from children and parents at his sons’ schools.
“As an immigrant, woman of color who empowers the community through reading, I am proof that anything you set your mind to achieving is possible,” Delgado said.
She said she learned English by watching shows such as ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘Barney’, so she was able to test out an ESL class.
Later, she attended Community College of Rhode Island where she earned her associate degree as an X-ray technician and later in the MRI program.
Delgado’s son, Jovani Delgado, 15, co-illustrated the book, and the main character is a reflection of his younger son. She said that after witnessing injustices towards black people, like George Floyd, Delgado wanted to portray young boys of color in a positive light.
“Representation is very important and I know I represent many people in our community,” she said.
“This is the legacy I want to leave for my children,” she added.
For more information or to purchase a copy of the book, visit www.sincèrelymagda.com. Delgado said she hopes to bring copies of the book to local libraries soon.
“My Name Is King” is also being translated into Cape Verdean Creole, which will also be available on the website.