Daydreamers Press curates multicultural children’s content, programming, and events.

At Daydreamers Press, our focus is in publishing children’s books and other content, developing instructional programs for a variety of learner communities, and curating arts and education events. Our dream is for all people to see inspiring and diverse reflections of joy, justice, and love in books and visual media, and in their school, family, and community lives.

A Daydreamer is a creative thinker who believes it is important, possible, and fulfilling to work their dreams to life. To Press is to do with diligence, To share your voice. Daydreamers Press for a liberated world.


The Turtle With An Afro

This fun, lyrical story of a Turtle who loves her Afro is a celebration of curly, kinky, coily hair in all its forms, and a lesson on self-love and acceptance. A fantastic, fabulous, feisty story!

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Dream A Rainbow

A poetic book that teaches children the colors of the rainbow and inspires them to believe in their dreams. Join Hana’s rainbow adventure across the Ethiopian landscape. This is a great STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) selection.

Purchase on Amazon


Dream A Rainbow on Video

Rock Your Crown! The Turtle With An Afro Animation

Watch The Turtle With An Afro on her journey to Afro-Love!

Coming June 2020.  


Calotta Penn, PhD

I am an educator and creative who believes in justice and in the power of arts and literature to activate change in the world. Daydreamers Press is the public vehicle for my personal dreams, passions, and commitments.

I bring my experience creating as a songwriter, poet, and writer, and in teaching and developing community programs internationally, to my work as lead curator of content and programming at Daydreamers Press.   

I live in Columbus, Ohio with my husband and Rainbow Babies, Jember Dove and Zemen Phoenix. My dream is for my children to live a life filled with love, adventure, personal enrichment, and service to others–in a free and compassionate world. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, a Master’s degree in Comparative Studies, and a doctorate in Education.  

Daydreaming is my beloved pastime.

Watch My Ted Talk, Lifting Black Voices in Children’s Books

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