Jean Hawthorn-DaCosta, author of Jamaica in my tummy, recently released her new book, My Toilet is Bigger than Yours. Strangely when I heard the title, I thought it was a book on potty training. Never did I think it was referring to the comparison of Eastern and Western indoor toilets. I was in for a very pleasant surprise. I truly enjoyed every minute reading this book.
The Writery Ink located in Bloomfield, CT was established in February 2018 by Vangella Hazle. Vangella is a Jamaican born teacher, author, editor, and now, independent book store owner. She loves the English language and the many variations of it including patois and ebonics. Opening a bookstore where she would be surrounded by books was her dream manifested. She wants to help as many local authors and artists realize their dreams as well. So she has a section in her book store dedicated to local authors. Authors, Shaneika Burchell-Kerr and Melissa-Sue John with their daughters, Imani Ariana Grant and Olivia Lauren John, respectively met Vangella at the local author showcase at the Prosser library and discussed working together. The time has come and they had a wonderful meeting discussing hosting the books and showcasing the youth authors. We are proud to announce our partnership with the Writery Ink. More details to come. In the mean time, please stop by and purchase a book or painting!
Kori Jai and the Big Girl Bed, written by Meiha Maxwell, is a magical, picture book of Kori Jai who gets too big for her crib and get her toddler bed. Kori Jai has magical adventures in her crib and fears that she will not be able to have those adventures with her new bed.
It is a fun and engaging story for the child reader. But it also has a lesson about embracing change and being open to new experiences. The author is very imaginative. The illustrator uses bright colors to bring this colorful story to life.
The bright light is lying down
Earth and the sea and the sky
Is at rest with the ocean
And the days go by
They go into the seas that have no shores
Haunted by that same closed door
Looking up at skies on fire
Leaving nothing left of us
And the planets of the universe, go their way
Not astounded by the sun or the moon, or by the day
You and I will simply disappear, out of sight
But I'm afraid soon there'll be, no light
Stevie Nicks wrote this beautiful song about the planet entitled "Planets Of The Universe" in May 2001. Seventeen years later, 8 year old Imani Ariana writes a poem about the planets watching her 2 year old brother watching a show about them. She asks, "Have you ever wondered what is up in the sky, way up high?" She is invited to YMCA Early learning center to share her first book.
Lauren Simone Publishing House loves meeting new young authors and illustrators around the country. We recently discovered Bailey C. Moore on Instagram and invited him to do a live online interview.
On Thursday, May 17, 2018, Olivia Lauren and I (Melissa) had a great time learning about Bailey and his book. He is such a warm, kind, and friendly young man. It was a pleasure to get to know him and think you will love him and his book too.
Written by: Melissa-Sue John, Ph.D.
In the United States of America, the national average for per pupil expenditure is approximately $12,000. Significant disparity exists across the country. For example, New York and Alaska spend more than $20,000 per student; North Carolina spends $8,940; while Utah spends less than $4,000 (Governing, 2017; US Census, 2015).
Teachers in schools who receive significantly less spending per student believe an increase in funds per student would make a difference in achievement and overall student well-being (Valdosta Times, 2018). These disparities translate to some students having access to new text books, state of the art technology, personalized laptops, field trips, small class sizes, nurses and psychologists on staff, and brand-new text books, while other schools have students with insufficient books, outdated or dilapidated text books, and no money for educational field trips. The low-income children are certainly feeling it and are expected to compete at the same rate. No wonder the academic achievement gap remains persistent.
Growing up we probably were read a nursery rhyme or two. And as we morphed into adults, we were told that poetry was romantic and we learned:
This is probably the most familiar poem known to every person. But being from Jamaica, we learned poetry filled with humor, grit and culture by the one and only, the great, honorable Louise Bennet.
Hello Lauren Simone Pubs Readers!!!!!
It's Dr. John here again. I have missed you guys so much. I am sorry I have not been able to do the weekly book review. We have had a very busy schedule feeding young, hungry minds in and out of the classroom. Lucky for me it is the last week of the academic term and while students are studying, I figured I would catch up on some picture book reading and keep you updated on my finds.
It is so fascinating to me to see that rather than embrace our differences and accept each other, we perceive others as weird or peculiar.
Although we appear to be different on the outside, on the inside we all want the same things in life. Everyone has the same basic motives- eat, find shelter, safety, love, and respect. It is only after achieving those basic goals we are able to become the best versions of ourselves. At least that is what psychologist Abraham Maslow posits in his theory called Hierarchy of Needs.