Seeka answers 7 questions

Jessica “Seeka” Holtby is a musician.

1. Why are you an artist?

I’m an artist because I simply love to create! Whether it’s putting pen to paper by myself, making up a silly song with my children, or collaborating with other artists, I feel fulfilled when I’m doing something creative. I love to create space for others to be silly and creative, too.

2. What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on a pilot for a music-based children’s TV series.

I also just released a solo album: I Belong.

I will release a collaboration album with Will’s Jams in February.

3. What were your favorite children’s books to read when you were a child?

My favorite book was Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.

4. What children’s media do you recommend? 

My Heart Fills With Happiness
By Monique Gray Smith

Going Back: Remembered and Remixed Family Folk Songs, Vol. 1
By Ginalina

5. Why is diverse representation in children’s media important?

Diverse representation in children’s media is important because I believe that it helps children to understand and accept who they are in this world, and to dream, imagine, and plan who they will become. Without representation, children may internalize feelings of unworthiness or lack of belonging, as they struggle to see themselves in the media they love. This may also lead them to feeling pressured or eager to conform to what they see represented.

6. How can educators use children’s media to teach empathy, kindness, and tolerance?

Educators can choose media that showcases diverse characters and narratives. They can incorporate music, books, movies, etc. that model positive/safe relationships (friendships, family relationships, etc.), and validate emotions and boundaries. They can integrate into class time meaningful discussions, role-play, and creative activities to encourage children to explore and understand their own experiences and views as well as those of their peers.

7. Where may we find you online?


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