Author Deborah Cousar-Saundersâ€™s Putt Girl book series is, on the surface, about a little brown-skinned girl who loves golf. But there are a lot of positive messages packed into the seriesâ€™ first book, Best Day Yet (the next book is coming out in early June).
Much of it is inspired by Cousar-Saundersâ€™s own life.
The book reflects the close bond Cousar-Saunders enjoyed with her own dad when she was a child. An avid golfer, he took his son and daughter out on the golf course and incited in them a love for the game.
Cousar-Saunders started playing golf when she was 8, and would go on to play in the Junior PGA. At her school there was no girls teamâ€”so she played on the boys team and was its No. 1 player from 10th to 12th grade. She was eventually awarded a four-year golf scholarship to college.
Because of her rich experience with the game, Cousar-Saunders wrote the series to spread the word to African American girls, whom she rarely competed against growing up, that golf is a rewarding game that teaches many lessons.
â€śI wrote the book to encourage girls to try something new, to try a sport thatâ€™s different, and, of course, to read more.â€ť
Best Day Yet tells the story of young girl named Paige who wants to spend Saturday with her mother. Her mother isnâ€™t feeling well, so Paige has to spend the day on the golf course with her father and slightly older brother.
Despite Paigeâ€™s initial disappointment, the day turns out to be her best day yet. She meets a golf instructor and learns the basics of the game. Her passion for golf is ignited.
â€śThe book promotes strong family connection, reading, and learning,â€ť says Cousar-Saunders, who depicts the main character as a girl who reads the dictionary to discover big words.
And it is a refreshingly multicultural childrenâ€™s book. Paige doesnâ€™t live or go to school in racial isolation. Her friends and teachers reflect the rainbow of American diversity.
If youâ€™re looking for a book for World Book Dayâ€”a book that encourages youngsters to try new things and to value learning, the Putt Girl series Best Day Yet is worth a look.