In Smith’s and LaMonica’s story, “Hearts of Gold,” a little girl visits a popular doll shop, and asks the dollmaker to sell her the most beautiful doll he has. The dollmaker tells the girl that he cannot show her his most beautiful doll, because it doesn’t exist—none of his dolls are any more special or beautiful than the other. The dollmaker shows the little girl what he puts inside his doll—a gold heart. The little girl quickly realizes that it doesn’t matter what the dolls look like on the outside, but what’s on the inside is what matters.
The Diverse Minds Writing Challenge is an education and awareness initiative created by B’nai B’rith International to present positive views about diversity and inclusion to a broad range of youth through creativity. In cities across the country, high school students are invited to write and illustrate a children’s book that tells a story of tolerance or diversity. Submissions are reviewed by a local judging panel, and winning students receive college scholarships plus the professional publication of their books. For more information, please visit bnaibrith.org/diverseminds.