Psssssst admiring and rallying behind Tamika Flynn is really important obviously but don’t forget to humanize her too. Like.
Depict the girl who started reading to her younger siblings as soon as she was able to, driven by inspiration and fondness for how her parents read to her.
Who cultivated a powerful curiosity growing up, asking “why?” until she got a satisfactory answer, and that curiosity solidifying into a firm sense of justice when some of the answers to her questions turned out to be “because the world isn’t fair”.
Who learned to stand up for others before she learned to stand up for herself (even when she was teased for her name, her weight, her hair) because that’s what stories taught you to do, and from then on learned to read critically and see the interactions between narratives and the real world.
Who even now doesn’t have all the answers, has her own doubts and fears, who’s taken up the responsibility of being strong for the public eye and for the other kids but simply can’t be strong all the time because that’s not humanly possible, let alone something you can expect of a child.