"Warren Goes to Granpa's, " a new illustrated picture book by literacy advocate and president of the Trenton Literacy Movement, Edward W. Bullock captures a young African American’s childhood adventures to visit his grandpa’s farm. This inspirational and moving story is about three generations of love, laced with traditions, family values and colorful illustrations as told through the eyes of the main character, Warren.
When asked why a picture book, Bullock responded that after several years of reading children’s picture books throughout Mercer County, he came to understand that for many in our commmunity there are just not enough picture books with people of color as a character and certainly not as the main character.
At a Juneteenth event held at Millhill park in 2022, Bullock engaged two authors of children’s books about his observation and they encouraged him to write his own Children’s picture book and as they say, the rest is history. Why Warren? The W in Edward W. Bullock is for Warren.
The facts tell the story.
According to a 2018 survey conducted by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, University of Wisconsin Madison.
50 % OF ALL CHARACTERS IN CHILDEN’S BOOKS ARE WHITE
27% ARE ANIMALS OR OTHER
10% ARE AFRICAN AMERICAN
7% ARE ASIAN
5% ARE HISPANIC
1% ARE AMERICAN INDIAN
According to Bullock, not a whole lot has changed. Warren, the main character of "Warren Goes to Granpa's, invites you to come with him as he travels down south to grandpa’s, names and feeds the chickens, goes for a ride on grandpa’s big tractor and enjoys breakfast with the family. “This is going to be the best vacation ever”.
Mr. Bullock is on a mission to read to 1,000 elementary school children during Black History Month, (February) and Read Across America Month (March). About 300 are done and 700 are to go.
For more information about “Warren Goes to Grandpa’s” the author can be reached at Warrenb1510@gmail.com or P.O. Box 3473 Trenton, New Jersey.
It is also available to read at the Historic Trenton Free Public Library located in Trenton, New Jersey.