Written by D. Lovelitt (2018)
Illustrated by Yasu Matsuoka
Amina Arnae and Her Poofy Hair is the debut book in The Adventures of Amina Arnae series, written by D. Lovelitt.
Wonderfully illustrated, in this book, we meet a beautiful, chocolate skinned girl with big poofy hair. The pictures in the story are bright, beautiful, and captivating.
A couple of encounters with nature and children from school cause Amina to not be too confident about her poofy hair. Feeling sad and discouraged, she comes up with a number of solutions to solve her problem. In the end, she doesn’t change her the texture or shape of her hair, but learns how to take proper care of it and sees herself as beautiful. Amina Arnae and her poofy hair is an inspiring and empowering story. In this book, girls of color are taught to love themselves as they are as well as how to take care of themselves. Subtly in the illustrations are sulfate free shampoos, silicone free conditioners, leave in conditioners, shea butter moisturizers. The story also cover other topics outside of beauty and self-esteem, but recognize youth challenges such as childhood teasing, overcoming fears, friendship and the importance of active, caring, and nurturing family members.
The story begins with a note to parents to help in increasing their children’s self-esteem and ends with a detailed hair routine for children with thick, natural, curly hair. It was a pleasure to read this book and I recommend to parents and teachers of children age 2 to 6.
On Saturday, August 11, 2018, Imani attended an event at Jack and Allie’s. The bookstore owner, Barbara, welcomed Imani Ariana to host a Space Adventure!
Imani read her book, Disco Balls of the Universe to toddlers and school aged children.
On April 27, 2018, Olivia Lauren and I, Melissa-Sue John met this awesome mother daughter duo at Pitkin Elementary’s Vendor Fair, where the mission of the school was to fundraise for an accessible playground. Karen Opper and her 19-year-old daughter, Belle Opper were getting ready to open a bookstore and informed us they would be delighted to carry our books. Their dream fully materialized on July 15th when they opened their brick and mortar store located at 446 Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield, CT. We are so happy for them. All of this is #motherdaughterbosses #womenpreneurs #womenempowerment has us feeling very hopeful, confident, and assured that hard work and passion do pay off. We are inviting our readers to support this business. Our youth need to read more and see the power of a dream realized. Their website carries all the books if you are unable to attend in person.
We know one thing that Black people love or love to hate is their hair. This is evidenced by the varying hairstyles from twists, locs, cornrows, braids, wigs, and weaves to the abundance of children books on the topic.
On Instagram, Lauren Simone Pubs follows other African American authors and independent book publishers. For some time, we have been following @theholidayboys because we have noticed a certain book series called the Holiday Boys. Not having boy children, while I was curious, I did not hasten to purchase any of their books.
While Olivia Lauren and I were in Atlanta with a host of African American Authors, Imani Ariana and her mom were busy in Connecticut sharing with lots of kids at the Vernon Public Library about space.
Every summer Imani looks forward to joining in on the local library fun. This summer, not only did she join in, but she was invited as a guest of the reading hour program. The Rockville public library hosts a one hour reading and craft program on Wednesdays for children ages 2 to 4. This program is carefully organized by Mrs. Shalah Z, the Child Librarian at Rockville Public Libray, and Miss Stephanie Grant, Site Specialist- Vernon Family Resource Center.
On July 14, 2018, Lauren Simone Publishing House was in Atlanta representing youth authors: Imani Ariana Grant, Elijah Bishop, Olivia Lauren, and Alyssa Simone; and adult authors, Sabrena Bishop and Melissa-Sue John. We were honored to have the great experience of participating at the first Atlanta African American Book Festival. Founded by the youngest book festival organizer to date, Farai Caldwell, it was held at the Georgia State University and hosted over 80 African American authors and publishers. Talk about a huge success!!!
Just like mom
By Meiha Maxwell
Illustrated by Sujata Saha
What an endearing story about a little girl named Laila who wants to be just like her mom!
“Aniya, Dream of a Warrior” is the first book in a new fantasy adventure series written by Jacquitta A. McManus and illustrated by Toujour Byrd.
The book takes children on an epic adventure through the Nagoran Village, a land of enchantment, expedition, and exhilaration. As I turned each page, my heartrate increased wondering what would happen next. Are Pep bugs like winged beetles commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs?
Written by: Sabrena Bishop
On June 11,2018, Madison and I made our way to Key Biscayne. Oh we wish it was for the beach, but it was to meet members of Act4Me Nonprofit Organization. We learned about Act4Me from Mark Thompson from the Special Olympics. Act4Me provides access to therapy for children with disabilities. Therapy can be a huge expense on families, the thought of having to spend over $30, 000 a year on therapy can easily create a financial burden on families.
After a quick interview with Madison, I began to ask questions about the different types of therapy Act4Me provides. Shortly after I introduced my book, “I May Not Be Like You, But We Could Be Friends”. and explained how my notes became a published book before my daughter was diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, and speech delay.
Marth Poulat, the Vice President began reading my book with tears in her eyes. I was happy to leave a copy to the organization knowing they are a big impact with families whom are struggling with children with disabilities/special needs. Ivette Chaustre-Fernandez, the Director and Speech Pathologist, was moved by the empathy throughout the book. Milly Alfaro, the assistant director, also wanted a copy of “Elijah and His Invisible Friend”.