Publisher: Project NIA
Released: September 25, 2018
Missing Daddy is a picture book for young readers ages 4 to 8. In this story, a little girl who misses her father because he's away in prison shares how his absence affects different parts of her life. Her greatest excitement is the days when she gets to visit her beloved father. With gorgeous illustrations, this book depicts a little girl's love for her father from whom she is separated because of incarceration.
“Missing Daddy is a crucial book for our times. Using storytelling and gorgeous artwork, this book brings heart, soul, and deep compassion to the challenges facing kids with incarcerated parents. A much needed piece of children’s literature.”—Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of The Shadowshaper Cypher and Dactyl Hill Squad
“This book is a crucial tool for parents, educators, and anyone who cares about the well-being of children who, through no fault of their own, are forced to bear the consequences of our country’s obsession with incarceration. For children who desperately miss their parents, feel confused, or are teased at school, a picture book can go a long way in letting them know that they are not alone and normalizing their experiences. Children are resilient and can handle a lot— but they rely on the adults in their lives to help them make meaning of traumatic situations. Missing Daddy is one tool that makes that possible for the children of incarcerated adults, and we can only hope that it will pave the way for many more.” —Dr. Eve Ewing, Author of Electric Arches and Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side
Mariame Kaba is an educator and organizer based out of New York City. She has been active in the anti-criminalization and anti-violence movements for the past 30 years. Mariame is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a long-term vision to end youth incarceration.
bria royal is a multidisciplinary artist from Chicago who considers her animation, comics, paintings, and zines to be the result of a radical healing process that she hopes others will benefit from seeing unfold. Much of her work centralizes black and brown imaginations of womxnhood, femininity, and gender fluidity through a lens of eco-feminism, afro-futurism, and contemporary mythology.