"We all have one basic desire and goal: to belong and to feel significant." Alfred Adler
People often ask what compelled me to write a book about belonging and inclusion.
I wrote 'The Big Buna Bash' because I believe in the acceptance that embraces diversity and lets people be themselves.
I want people who believe in this message to buy and read my book.
As a teacher I've heard many a complaining parent say that they don't want their child in the same class with a certain pupil that has behavior challenges. That's easy to understand, no?
Sometimes it has to do with skin color.
Or physical disabilities.
Author Jennifer Brown writes, "Inclusion means you are welcomed, valued, respected and heard."
The Ethiopian buna ceremony is inclusion at it's best. Every guest is important; no one left out. Buna is an exercise in bringing people together.
And maybe that's why Almaz chose to host a Big Buna Bash!
I had so much fun writing The Big Buna Bash, and I want to share it to inspire cultural pride in kids who might feel like they don't fit in because of their differences. I believe in diversity and inclusion; that's why I wrote The Big Buna Bash!