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Hartford Public Library presents Hartford LIT All things Lit Live!

Hartford Public Library presents Hartford LIT All things Lit Live!
Our very own Melissa-Sue John. Ph.D. will be among one of the panelists in the Where Publishers & Writers Meet  at the Hartford LIT All things lit event on Sept 19, 2020, at 1030am.

Book Review for “A Guide for the Things We Wear”

Patrice Rivers

Book Review for “A Guide for the Things We Wear”
Patrice Rivers is a journalist and new in house blogger. Read her review of Olivia Lauren's A Guide to the Things We Wear. 

How was your summer? Fostering critical conversations with students

Melissa-Sue John

How was your summer? Fostering critical conversations with students

At the beginning of every school year, I remember our teachers asking us  How was your summer? as either an icebreaker or out of genuine interest. You can find tons of worksheets on How was your summer writing prompts or icebreakers online.  I recall that some students would ravish how they went on the most exciting vacations filled with beach trips, water sports, horseback riding, visiting grandparents and extended family, etc. while others either stayed home all summer or went to the neighborhood summer camp. In 2020 the entire year made it impossible for anyone to truly enjoy the summer. Travel...


Aniya Warrior's Challenge

Melissa-Sue John

Aniya Warrior's Challenge

Two words. Girl Power! Aniya Warrior's Challenge is a short comic story written by Jacquitta A. McManus. The illustrator uses vivid illustrations to depict the story. It is action-packed and leaves nothing to the imagination. Aniya doesn't back down from a fight. She doesn't care if her opponent is male or female. She is the epitome of strength and courage. This is a must-read comic book for both boys and girls.


Lil Authorpreneur

Melissa-Sue John

Lil Authorpreneur

Last week, Lauren Simone Publishing House collaborated with Love of Literature, Inc. (LOL) and Brown Girl, Brown Boy (BBBG) hosting a one-week camp called Lil Authorpreneur Virtual Camp.  Facilitated by Melissa-Sue John, Ph.D., the meetings started on time and went smoothly.  Each day there was a different lesson and guest speakers who were professional authors, editors, or illustrators. Among these presenters were Tashia Beaty, Dr. Renae Skelton, Kristy High, LaShawn Toomer, Zoe Knibb, Yvette Phillips, Dr. Tamira Butler-Likely, Carrie Fisher, and Leslie Crawford. We had more than 24 participants from 4 countries and 10 U.S. states. The first day 12 year old, Olivia Lauren...