Black History Month: Stamford kindergarten teacher writes children’s book ‘Harriet’s Dinner Party’

A Stamford kindergarten teacher has taken on a new title as a children’s author.
News 12's Angelica Toruno sat with Yvette Cole to learn more about her journey to becoming published.
Cole has taught kindergarten at Toquam Elementary School for the last three years and has been an educator for over a decade. She said she loves everything she does, but never thought she would be calling herself a children’s author.
She said she felt inspired after watching a film about Harriet Tubman.
"I was like wow…she's almost like a superhero,” said Cole.
‘Harriet's Dinner Party’ is about a 10-year-old girl named Destiny, who walks through a forest and finds herself at Tubman's home for a dinner party. As the doorbell rings, different Black historical figures arrive for dinner like Dr. Martin Luther King, Sojourner Truth and Rosa Parks. She was inspired by the figures and their fight for civil rights and equality.
"I want kids to take away that it's important to have the courage to be kind,” said Cole. "I want people to understand that it's not burdening kids…to teach them about Black's actually empowering them,” said Cole.
Cole is doing her part by filling space on the shelf and teaching more people about Black history. She has book readings coming up in Stamford and Darien on the following dates:
  • Black History Month Vendors Fair at Uconn Stamford, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m.
  • Stamford Ferguson Library, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m.
  • Darien Public Library, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m.