With ‘Keisha Cane’ Book Series, a Young Author Champions Child Literacy
Darren Sands, March 2013
When Ashley Foxx was teaching her kindergarten and first graders at Memphis College Prep Elementary School in 2010, she knew that for all of their excitement about learning to read, they were at the most impressionable stage imaginable.
“Teaching in Memphis in an urban area, the classes you teach are between 98 to 100 percent African American,” Foxx says. “You want to have some books that represent us in your curriculum but we’d have to go out to find those books. A lot of the popular ones do have those characters, but they weren’t written by African American authors.”
Savvy Move: Introducing Keisha Cane
Nia Phillips, March 2013
Who is Keisha Cane?
Keisha Cane is a delightful new character for young readers. She learns life lessons through mistakes and mishaps. In our first book, Keisha Cane and Her Very Sweet Tooth, Keisha’s infamous sweet tooth strikes in the middle of the night and she breaks a cookie jar, sparking a laughable chain of events.
MEMPHIS AUTHOR CHAMPIONS LITERACY WITH FIRST BOOK, KEISHA CANE AND HER VERY SWEET TOOTH
Thousands Raised in Pre-Orders Through Kickstarter Campaign. Read the full press release here.
Brown Girl Bookshelf: 10 Books to Read to Our Daughters
Ashley Foxx, April 2013
In a world where Black girls are criticized for their hair, or even worse, called the C-word, it’s safe to say they need a steady stream of positive reinforcements in all aspects of their lives—including the books they're exposed to. A growing crop of books featuring young Black girls are the perfect starting points to give your young reader a self-esteem boost. Here's our list of 10 must-read books to empower and inspire our daughters.
"Introducing… Keisha Cane"
Angela Fraser, April 2013
"Created by Memphis, Tennessee based sisters, writer Ashley and illustrator April Foxx, the lovably mischievous Keisha Cane is a new children’s book character whose world is filled with colourful, eye catching illustrations and memorable prose that’s sure to capture the hearts and imaginations of children and adults alike.
Sister Creative Team Fights Child Illiteracy With Children’s Book,
‘Keisha Cane and Her Very Sweet Tooth’
Alisha Tillery, June 2013
"Looking for a book to teach your children or students life lessons in a fun way? Two sisters, Ashley and April Foxx, have created the first book of a series, Keisha Cane and Her Very Sweet Tooth. Ashley, the author and April, the illustrator, used Kickstarter to raise money for the book’s publication after a pact to fulfill their dreams to become authors. Thanks to backing from family, friends, anonymous supporters, their fundraising goal of $6,000 was reached in three weeks, and Keisha Cane was printed under their newly formed media company, Kifani, Inc."
Kerry Crawford, April 2013
Meet sisters Ashley and April Foxx. They're the author and illustrator of "Keisha Cane and Her Very Sweet Tooth", a super cute children's book about a little girl with a serious sugar craving.
Here, they answer my question about their inspriations, their favorite books, and the things they love most about Memphis.
Letter to the Editor: Invest in teachers
Ashley Foxx, May 2013
Travel to Memphis schools and you’ll feel the buzz of possibility — from students, teachers, community leaders and public officials demonstrating their faith in the power of public education. Then it happens. Someone makes the all-too-familiar, flawed argument — one which threatens to jeopardize all the essential, inspiring work being done: Don’t bother fixing public schools, they say, until you’ve found a cure for poverty.
Memphis author Ashley Foxx aims to inspire with children's book
L. Taylor Smith, June 2013
Keisha is a precocious, Afro-puffed girl whose sweet tooth “often got her into the middle of mischief.” In the middle of the night, she accidentally breaks a cookie jar and sets out to set things right.
Through Keisha’s midnight plight, Ashley Foxx, the author of “Keisha Cane and Her Very Sweet Tooth,” wants to teach children the importance of admitting and fixing mistakes as well as reach readers who normally don’t see African-American characters in children’s books.