A few weeks ago, in the northeast where we currently reside, it snowed. It was still autumn. The snow forced us to think about the inevitable winter that was making its way. It is now December and there are Christmas lights everywhere and it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. One thing I do not think about much during this time of year is grass. Our beautifully manicured green lawn has now become dried, brown and frostbitten.
But I am thinking about grass, as I read author Christopher Davis Jr’s book entitled “The Man who invented the lawn mower and other inspirational Black-American inventors and their inventions.”
This picture book highlights the disregarded contributions of Black American inventors, that contributed to the American landscape. This book was written to appeal to Black American kids, to educate and inspire creativity and innovation. The author says he wrote the book to demonstrate to children how the genius of Black American minds is utilized on a daily basis. Did you know the inventor of the lawn mower was a Black man? I didn’t but I wasn’t surprised either. Blacks have invented many things that we are not aware of. The creation of this book is not only timely, it is ideal for the next generation to believe in themselves and see representation in the stories they read.
That is the purpose of Lauren Simone Pubs. We not only publish fun and educational stories told by diverse authors and illustrated by diverse artists. We also showcase the works of other talented authors whose goal is to increase the diversity of characters told in fiction and nonfiction stories.
This book “The Man who invented the lawn mower and other inspirational Black-American inventors and their inventions.” is beautifully illustrated by Indonesian artist, Sri Sayekti. It showcases many inventions that are credited to Blacks. The book highlights over 10 commonly-used inventions invented by Black Americans. I was very surprised that as an adult I only knew two of the inventors showcased (Lonnie and George Crum).
And my first job was at an engineering school so I believe I should be more knowledgeable to inventions. This book made me want to learn so much more about other common household items that were invented by Blacks.
The author Christopher Davis is not just an author, he is also an entrepreneur and landscaper. He owns his own lawn care business. When he is not his community a greener place, he spends his time educating, inspiring and empowering the community. Thank you Mr. Davis for your contribution to the African American community.
To get a copy of this book for yourself, please visit Amazon.
ABC I love me by Miriam Muhammad is a wonderfully told and artistically illustrated story of empowerment and self-love for young children. The story depicts two main characters who happen to be dripping in chocolate, "melanated" skin tones. The story is dedicated to the author’s son and every black and brown girl and boy. Starting with “A is for afro”, then “B is for beautiful” is a great place to start considering the strong connection persons of color have to their hair and the “Black is beautiful” movement. Besides encouraging children to have positive character traits such as “confident”, “fearlessness”, and “talented”, they author also encourages the youth to express emotions such as “joy,” recognize one’s “royalty,” and embrace wholesome values such as gratitude, creating healthy habits for eating and exercise, and being open to trying new things.
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.
For the love of soccer by Pele.
Let’s face it. I am no sport buff. It simply was never introduced to it by my father or uncles (though most played soccer), never had any brothers or close male cousins, no boyfriends or husband nudged me to watch with them, no random motivation to watch, play or learn any game ever emerged (though I did make my first born learn softball and basketball) and never had girlfriends who did any sport other than swim and maybe swing a racket (badminton or tennis). But I borrowed a couple picture books on sports and I am in love with Pele, the book written by Pele that is. This book is a well-illustrated and perfectly narrated story about Pele a little boy who loved soccer and grew up to be a three-time world cup champion. It shows the importance of practice, team work, effort and sportsmanship. The words were compelling, but the illustrator brought the words to live. The color and size of the font, the realistic imagery, everything…
If you are sports buff, order on Amazon
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.
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 readers!!!! Welcome to LSP Blogs. My name is Olivia Lauren. I am a child author and publisher. My mom, sister, and I created Lauren Simone Publishing House to provide a place for talented youth to share their stories and their art. Today I am interviewing my friend and fellow mini-author, Imani Ariana Grant.
Olivia: Hello Imani. Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Imani: I am a nine-year-old girl who loves to dance, sing, do art, play the violin, and play with my friends. I also love fairy tales, myths, and animation. So far, I love to write! I also love my new book!
Olivia: What inspired you to write a book?
Imani: My baby brother inspired me to begin to write and still does! One day, I was sitting on my porch and I saw my brother watching a show about planets. And that is who inspires me and why.
Three best friends
Author: Robbin Miller
Editor: Jennifer Niles
Publisher: Self-published, 2017
Robbin Miller has published her second picture book entitled, Three Best Friends. Meet Max Thomas, a wheel chair bound boy who is excited about the opening of a new playground and the opportunity to play with his able bodied, best friends, Sophia and Xavier. To his disappointment, the park is not accessible for wheel chairs and leaves him feeling humiliated and stigmatized. In a very child appropriate tone, the story introduces children to the topic of ability, diversity, and bullying. The moral of the story is that all children should be able to play together, however inclusive playgrounds are costly to build. The illustrations were brightly colored and had diverse main characters (White, Black; male, female; abled, disabled). I give this book 5 stars for its creativity, important social content, and representation. You can get your copy here.
While reading this book, things the reader may consider: Is handicapped or special, acceptable terms to use for a child in wheel chair? Why aren’t more parks made accessible to all children? How important do parents think it is for children to play with a variety of children? According to the Landscape Structures Inclusive Play Survey (2014), 74% of parents who responded think it is important. Inclusive environments foster increased social interactions, meaningful friendships, appreciation and acceptance of individual differences, understanding of diversity, respect, empathy, and emotional growth.