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”.
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.
What you may not know is the inspiration behind the Madison and Elijah series are her two children. Madison Ava is a 7 year old girl who loves painting, gymnastics, and swimming. She is delayed for speech and was recently diagnosed with Autism and ADD. Her younger brother, Elijah, is an active child who loves dinosaurs, trucks, and reading. He is also an avid story teller.
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.