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.
Olivia: How did you come up with the title?
Imani: At the moment, I was thinking of something fun. Like a party. That's how I came up with "Disco balls of the Universe".
Olivia: What inspired you to write this book?
Imani: My teacher, my brother, and my mother. When I was in third grade, I had an assignment where I had to write a poem for each season. Then, one summer day, I was sitting on my porch and my mom told me to write a poem for her. Then, when I was thinking about what to write, I saw my brother watching a show about planets. That's when it all started.
Olivia: Are any of your characters based on real people?
Imani: The main character is me!
And Venus was based on Venus, the tennis player. It was just funny that the planet named Venus and the actual tennis player Venus had similar speed lol!
Olivia: Where do you write?
Imani: In the summer, I love to sit outside and write, read, or play with my brother. When it's cold, I like to sit in the family room because that is where everyone gets together. I like to sit outside because I get a good view.
Olivia: What is your favorite book?
Imani: Well, I don't have 1 specific favorite book, but I do love mysteries, science, and funny books.
Olivia: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself, your book, or your family?
Imani: I love my family a lot. I also love my book and so does my brother. I am also the owner of Magitots and I am currently learning how to run it. Magitots is an online store that features children's fashion and educational toys and books such as Disco balls of the Universe.
Olivia: Will you have a party to celebrate?
Imani: Yes, Saturday March 3rd 2-4pm at The Harvesters located at 54 Granby St. Bloomfield, CT 06002. Here is the event link.
Olivia: I am so proud of you, Imani. You are going to be a very successful author. You can be anything you want to be. Just keep working hard at school and building your career as an author and entrepreneur. Thanks for accepting this interview. Lauren Simone Pubs wishes you the best of luck!
Imani: Thanks Olivia.
Title: My little ol grassy waters
Author: Rickeria Lendale
Publisher: Smashwords, 2017
Pages: 14 pages
Genre: Children’s picture book
Have you ever been to the South? More specifically, have you experienced grassy waters? Perhaps you have taken a swamp tour or swam in a lake? What images come to mind?
My little ol grassy waters is a children’s book where the main character reflects on life living near grassy waters. She recalls sugar cane, rabbits, alligators, dogs, children playing, and Southern charm. It is a sweet memoir of “home sweet home” and I love the melanin richness of the many characters in the story. If you are looking for books with African American characters, this one has plenty!
Although the author never states where this grassy water was located, it took me back to New Orleans. The language as seen in “little ol grass waters,” “my mind going back” and “Yes ma’am” reminds me of southern dialect. The main character yearns to be home. If you watch and enjoy Queen Sugar, I think you would enjoy reading this book to your children. It is short and to the point. She misses her grassy waters.
As a teacher I would have liked to see a lesson at the end of the book. Maybe the author could have describe locations where grassy waters are found. Or have a discussion about types of habitats with one being the wetlands. Or maybe a lesson on Southern charm. The story and the illustrations were beautiful but something felt missing. I give this book 4 stars.
Lauren Simone Publishing House has had a very exciting first year. They announced on their instagram page, @laurensimonepubs, with a display of photos highlighting their achievements that they had garnered:
1 Spanish translator, Tanesha Bramwell-McKen
2 interviews by @kaesani and @fashionista_milan of @kiddustry
3 published book series called He and She, More2Learn, and Olivia Lauren
4 kids authors: Brazil Dowe, Princeton Dowe, Alyssa Simone, and Olivia Lauren
5 youth illustrators: Niquey, Leo, Simonne-Anais, Zachary-Michael, and Simona
6 published books: Days of the week, Siblings fight, Occupations A to Z, Guide to becoming an actor, Olivia travels, and their latest, Olivia Connects (described below)
7 book events (Book readings, story time, and book signings in NY, NJ, and CT)
Over a dozen book reviews on Amazon
Published essays and art in The Evolution Project
Online presence on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Createspace
Found in local book stores in Florida and Connecticut
Over 200 website visitors
Over 500 social media followers
The past year has been hard work, dedication, and determination. They anticipate increase in the coming year.
On the anniversary of its inception, they proudly release Olivia Lauren book series' fourth volume entitled “Olivia Connects”. Written by Olivia Lauren’s older sister, Alyssa Simone and mother, Dr. John, the book is about modes of communication. In a fun and engaging way using bright colors, interesting locations, and diverse characters, children learn about different communication styles and devices used for communication. The characters also explore communication devices used before the age of technology and those used by those with physical challenges (blind or nonverbal). They had a great time collaborating with youth author, Lionel Emabat, who they will continue to work with in the future.
This book is recommended for children aged 6 to 9. Available in print and kindle online at Amazon.com, bn.com, and Createspace. Enjoy! Share pictures with @laurensimonepubs on Instagram and please write a review.
The book can be purchased immediately at https://www.createspace.com/7376669
Get the insider scoop and see sneak peek photos in the gallery.
Written by Melissa-Sue John
Title: When mommy got sick
Author: Alma J. Wilson
Publisher: Self published, 2016
As parents we want our children to be happy, healthy, and safe. We do everything we can to protect them from the evils of this world, any sadness, despair, or hurt. But unfortunately, life comes with ups and downs. As parents, we have to teach our children how to cope with hardship, so they develop resilience. As much as we want to shelter them, the best thing we can do for them is to prepare them for life’s trials and adversities. When mommy got sick is a marvelous story of a loving family, who must face the illness of the mother. Jacob is surrounded by the love of his mom, Dad, and Aunt Laura. Ultimately, the moral of the story is just that- life has trials but as long as there is love, everything will be just fine. This is a lesson that can resonate with any family, whether rich or poor, Black, White, Asian or Latino, young or old. I was very happy to read this story. By the time I got to the end, I did not have to ask for a review from my 9 year old and her best friend who was visiting. The shouted “I love that story” and they agreed the story was good because it discussed love, family, and being there for each other. I also liked that Jacob was an empathetic child. Empathy seems to be missing from our society. Any story that teaches kindness and empathy is a good story in my book. We also loved the bright illustrations and the diversity of the characters. We give it 5 stars.
Rakeem learns about African-American Science Inventors
By Olivia Lauren
Book: Rakeem and the amulet: Science fair, Steven and Charesa Gayle-Bristow, First Printing, 2017, 32 pages
Rakeem and the amulet: The Science fair is a fun story written by Steven and Charesa Gayle-Bristow. Steven and Charesa are a couple living in the United Kingdom who enjoy telling stories.
In my opinion, the book is recommended for children ages 7 to 10. Older children would enjoy the details and length of the story. Girls and especially, boys who love Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) would enjoy this book.
The story is about the main character Rakeem, who is an African American boy with cornrows, who wears a red tee, blue jeans, and a large necklace with an African pendant. He loves Science. But most would not guess by looking at him. The first theme is do not judge a book by its cover. How we dress has nothing to do with our passion.
The story takes place at school where two unlikely boys become friends. They decide to team up for a science fair. They soon discover that Rakeem's pendant, known as an amulet, has the power to travel through time. On their journey, they meet some very interesting characters. As they work on their science project, they learn about the struggle of creating a new invention, as all inventors do, and learn about some great African American inventors. Find out if they are successful at completing their project in time for the Science fair.
The authors do a great job keeping the reader engaged and flipping the page. I liked the illustrations because they were very detailed, bright, and colorful. I liked that I was learning while reading a fiction story.
The book is sold on Amazon and is available in paperback at https://www.amazon.com/Rakeem-Amulet-Science-Steven-Gayle-Bristow/dp/1545508739/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499700620&sr=1-1&keywords=rakeem+and+the+amulet