I recently purchased the book “Sunne’s Gift: How Sunne Overcame Bullying to Reclaim God’s Gift” by Ama KariKari Yawson. I found the illustrations so colorful and wonderfully appropriate for the subjects of self love and acceptance and bullying.

Any child will delight in this excellently detailed children’s book. If you have little girls of any race, this book can be beneficial in that she will get the message early that she is beautiful as she is. Little boys will learn that girls are beautiful as they are. I have to applaud the great effort by Ama Karikari Yawson. The profound lessons found on the pages of “Sunne’s Gift” will captivate children whether reading themselves or having the book read to them. It is never too early to start teaching life lessons and this book is a wonderful start to get children thinking. So when they are confronted in a like life situation, Sunne and her story may come to mind and change the outcome of an unpleasant sentiment or bullying episode. I just love the book and could hardly wait to get my copy.


Mrs. Yawson discusses the catalyst that transformed “Sunne’s Gift” from idea and concept to printed book and her journey through the process.

I encourage you all to go to Amazon.com , purchase “Sunne’s Gift and give a review on this wonderful book.

Ama Karikari Yawson
Ama Yawson earned a BA cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University, an MBA from the Wharton School and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Her unique understanding of social issues, business and the law has enabled her to become a relevant voice on issues as varied as race relations, women’s issues, dating, parenting, self-love, hair-bullying and entrepreneurship. Her articles have been published in MSNBC’s The Grio, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Madame Noire and other publications. Ms. Yawson has also appeared on the Today Show, Al Jazeera’s The Stream, The Nate Berkus Show and Fox Business.

In 2013 a painful experience in which a barber called her that her son a real “nig***” and said that his hair was not pretty and should be shaved off inspired Mrs. Yawson to venture into writing children’s books. Her first picture book, Sunne’s Gift is about a magical being (magbee) with spirally hair that grows toward the sun named Sunne. Sunne’s three straight-haired siblings, who also have magical powers, poke fun of Sunne’s hair. Sunne starts beating the spirals of hair to fit in, but as a result…

With this story, Mrs. Yawson hopes to affirm afro-textured hair while promoting a culture of love and acceptance in which readers learn that there is beauty and power in difference and that celebrating diversity is not just “nice to do,” it is essential for our survival.

Ms. Yawson currently works as a securities lawyer and she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. She is also the co-founder of Joojos, an artisanal children’s shoe company.  Follow her informative, engaging posts and anti-bullying interviews at the Huffington Post.  Ama Yawson can be reached at milestatepublishing@gmail.com.