BOOK SIZE: 8X11, FULL COLOR, GLOSSY COVER
145 pages of photographs and stories of civil rights leaders past and present. Photographs were produced by famous photographer, Tricia Messeroux, as she and her team transformed children between age 5 and 12 to look like these social justice heroes who made an impact in America and beyond. Learn about each leader and what he or she fought to create change for equality.
For over 10 years, Toddlewood, created by Tricia Messeroux, has become everyone’s favorite kids’ creative brand, known for its iconic recreations during awards season (Oscars, Golden Globes, Grammys Awards).
In 2020, Tricia created Toddlewood’s Engineers of Equality Project. This pivot was in response to the untimely death of George Floyd by the hands of police brutality. Tricia felt the responsibility to educate through art and inclusion by way of Toddlewood, her globally-celebrated photography brand.
After putting out a casting call announcing her intensions, she received over 3000 submissions of kids whose parents wanted their children to be part of this worthy project. Over 30 children were meticulously chosen as the Toddlewood doppelgängers of civil rights leaders like: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the late John Lewis, Angela Davis, Nina Simone, Ava Duvernay, Kendrick Lamar, Nelson Mandela and more.
The chosen few traveled to the New York’s Toddlewood Studios from as close as Brooklyn to as far as Texas and Los Angeles, California. Tricia and her team also made necessary trips, most notably Selma, Alabama, where she conducted a photo shoot with young John Lewis look-alike on the infamous Pettus Bridge.
Through transformative hair, make-up, wardrobe, photography, and graphic design, Tricia’s coffee table book, “Toddlewood Engineers of Equality,” is filled with images of the actual activist side by side with the Toddlewood model look-alike. A short bio about what makes each activist is included in the book along with his or her famous and most powerful quote. This project is a not only a passion project working towards achieving equality; it is also an inspirational, educational, and motivating art piece.
“As a Black woman, wife and mom who has witnessed the painful and dispiriting effects of racial discrimination in my own life, I am encouraged by this opportunity to teach, uplift and inspire our future change-makers and our communities at large. The goal for this project is to “Creatively Empower Future Change Makers” Tricia Messeroux
The 145-page coffee table book, ToddleWood Engineers of Equality Project, is now available.
Betsy Burmeister (verified owner) –
A beautiful, amazing creation! A wonderful way for children to learn about the brave women and men who stood strong, and fought for justice in our country. Heroes!
Margaret Desir –
A wonderfully creative collection that fuses photographic art and Black history. The book does a great job spanning the years and includes some well known cultural figures as well as some current history makers. So well done!
J M Adamson (verified owner) –
A timely, beautiful book! Each story page, each person treated with love and admiration, historically, and each younger depicter poised and confident!
This book is absolutely phenomenal. I highly recommend it to everyone. It has amazing photography and important stories told about each activist. Well done young lady
Jennifer J –
Thank you so much, my daughter is so pleased with the book….Five people has ask for information to order.
Frances B –
I receive my books yesterday and I’m truly loving them. One is a birthday gift to a friend and I know she will be super excited upon receiving it. I can’t wait until the next series. Please keep me informed.
Lisalynne James –
Wow! Is all I can say…Wow. You did an amazing job! This book is incredible for adults and kids. And so needed. This should be in every book store
Monica Brown, L.A. –
This is a must have book. Every household should have this book. When I opened the book, I was blown away! The photos, the stories, the quality! Incredible