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”.
After leaving the meeting, I realized that having a child with disability/special needs is a very expensive feat. When I heard the numbers, my heart almost stopped. In most families, one parent is resorted to staying home, while the other works due to the demands of a special needs child. Also most insurance policies do not cover all the expenses, which leaves families having to seek aid from organizations such as these.
There are eligibility requirements and an interview process before money will be granted to the families. What I admire the most about this organization is that the women we met at Act4ME are hardworking, ambitious women who have full time jobs yet donate their time to volunteer and source funds to help families in need.
Thank you Milly, Martha and Ivette for not for just sharing about my book, but for all the hard work and dedication to these families that you have helped throughout the years.
Sabrena Bishop, author of “I May Not Be Like You, But We can be friends” and co-author of the first book of the Madison and Elijah Book Series entitled “Elijah and his invisible friend” recently presented at the Promise Land Academy.
Written by: Jessica Kenskey & Patrick Downes
Illustrated by: Scott Magoon
Published by: Candlewick Press
Recommended age: 8 to 12
Written by husband and wife team, "Rescue and Jessica" is a sad but uplifting story of a young disabled girl who becomes friends with a black lab, who is a service dog. Together Rescue and Jessica helped each other get over sadness, anxiety, and disappointment. The story is based on a true story but give the sensitively told version of the incident. The authors were both injured in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, which changed their lives but brought them together with their dog, Rescue.
Written by: Chris Barton
Illustrated by: Don Tate
Published by: Charlesbridge/Penguin Random House
Released: May 3, 2016
Genre: Picture book
Length: 32 pages
Age level: 7-10
Grade level: 2-5
Meet Lonnie Johnson, a kid inventor from Mobile, Alabama. Growing up with 5 siblings was no easy feat as he shared space in a small house. His love and dedication for solving problems payed off when he was able to go to college and get a job at NASA. He designed things such as space probes for his job and homemade robots at home as his hobby and eventually came up with a water gun called the Super Soaker. However, life is filled with trials and good things rarely come easily. The story tells of disappointments and rejections. But Lonnie never gave up and with the support and encouragement of his family, he persisted.
Written by: Jacquitta A. McManus
Illustrated by: Brian Hardison
Genre: Early reader chapter book
Recommended age: 4-8
“Talee and the Fallen Object” is about a beautiful, brown skinned, eight year old girl named Talee who loves reading, writing, the color purple, wild puffy muffins, going on adventures, and her parents. She lives on the planet Gala which has two moons and enormous, flying animals called Calpas, which are used as modes of transportation.
Written by: Claressa Swensen
Illustrated by: Alena Paklina
Recommended age: 2-6
Written by Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by Josee Massee
Published: Penguin Books
Pages: 32 pages
Recommended age: 6-10
Every civilization tells stories that explain how the world began. These stories are called myths. Some of the most popular myths were created by the ancient Greeks. Echo, Echo is a children’s book that introduces children to Pandora, archne, Athena, Zeus, King Midas, Bellerophon, Narcissus, Pygmalian, Aphrodite, and many others. The author creatively marries poetry and Greek mythology. It is called echo because each myth is told by a poem that basically echoes or reverses the first poem.
Written by: Susan Hood
Illustrated by: Sally Wern Comport
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books
Ada Rios lived in a town filled with garbage. Each day she would watch the garbage trucks pour out garbage into the landfills and watch the recyclers search the garbage to see what trash would become their treasure. She grew up with her mom, dad, sister and Grandmother Mirian. Her family loved music. Her grandmother sang rock and rock tunes and her dad would listen to the radio and name the instruments played. Grandma signed up her granddaughters, Ada and Noelia for music lessons with Favio Chavez. But they discovered there were not enough instruments for all the students. Mr. Chavez asked Mr. Gomez to help him make instruments from recycled trash. He made violins, cellos, flutes, and guitars. And so the recycled orchestra was born.