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Bed-Stuy Teacher Writes Children’s Book to Address Lack of Representation

TFA NY sat down with 2nd grade teacher and former TFA NY Institute staff member Alexis Clark, to speak about her new book, Lexi Dreams!, and the importance of representation in children’s literature.

By Teach For America New York

February 11, 2021

What inspired you to write Lexi Dreams?

I was inspired to write Lexi Dreams! because of my students. Back in June of 2020, I wanted to find books to send home to my students that represented children of color and I had a hard time finding them. So, I decided to write my own children's book. My students deserve to see children who look like them in books. Their representation matters too!

What is your hope for Black students when they read your book?

My hope for Black students is for them to see the change they could make at any age. Lexi made change in her community at the age of 7 just like Ruby Bridges made change at the age of 6. All students can be change agents. I want them to see that they are powerful human beings and they can do anything they put their mind to. 

Most importantly! What haven’t you been able to tell others yet about this book and your writing that you want them to know?

I want people to know that if they want something, go for it. I saw a problem and I made a way. The problem being the lack of books that represented children of color on their reading level. Also, that writing can be hard at first, but once you put your mind to work, the words flow like magic. 

Alexis is currently writing a 2nd Lexi book, planning to be released in Spring 2021. Eventually, she would like to create a series of Lexi books based on positive themes. In addition to her publishing career, she teaches with KIPP NYC and is an EdD Candidate at Northeastern University.

To learn more about Alexis and Lexi Dreams! visit on Instagram @lexidreams.