Best friends Ayana Byrd and Shani Saxon-Parrish teamed up to pen their first children’s book, Yani and Shani’s Rainy Day, which was released in October 2015. This refreshing title for little readers was a welcomed addition to a children’s book market that lacks diversity. According to a recent study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, only 3% of children’s books feature characters of color.
Illustrated by Los Angeles-based artist Meegan Barnes, the vivid, lush watercolor paintings follow five-year-old best friends Yani and Shani on a magical journey as they battle their rainy day blues. Not only are Yani and Shani full of imagination, but they are hip, chic and lovable too!