Crystal Swain-Bates is a celebrated children’s book author and the owner of Goldest Karat Publishing. Fed up with the lack of black children’s books on the market, Crystal founded Goldest Karat Publishing in order to address the lack of diversity in children’s literature.
“Mommy, that little girl looks like me! I’ll never get tired of hearing those seven words,” said Bates. “They are what I live for as an author. It means everything to me when little black and brown children see their beauty, brilliance, and joy celebrated in a book for the first time. That experience is at the center of my work and why I love to do what I do.”
Crystal’s children’s books have been seen on platforms including CNN and Huffington Post and used as props for hit television shows such as BET’s “Being Mary Jane” and “The Game”. You can purchase her entire collection online.