Lauren Simone Blogs

Red Clover Author of the Week: Melissa-Sue John

Red Clover Author of the Week: Melissa-Sue John

Melissa-Sue John is a social psychologist by training,  who also started and runs a small publishing company. The company, Lauren Simone Publishing, named after her two daughters, focuses on  promoting diverse books, in which all children regardless of race, gender, or special needs can find representation. Lauren Simone publishing also highlights youth talent with 7 youth authors and 5 youth illustrators.  Red Clover Reader is fortunate to feature three books from Lauren Simone Publishing, two from youth authors: “I May Be Different But We Can Still Be Friends” and “Disco Balls of the Universe” and one from Melissa-Sue’s Olivia Lauren...

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Inspo Mini Style features Olivia Lauren

Inspo Mini Style features Olivia Lauren

Olivia Lauren is an 11 year old avid reader who just happens to own her own publishing house! Lauren Simone Publishing House (Lauren Simone Pubs for short) consists of 7 youth authors, 5 adult authors, 5 young illustrators, and an advisory board. The company was started July 28 2016. It released its first book “Occupations A to Z” in February 2017. Lauren Simone Pubs has printed over a dozen titles including the “Olivia Lauren” book series, “Disco Balls of the Universe”, “Elijah And His Invisible Friend”, “I May Not Be Like You, But We Can Be Friends”, and “The Tale...

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Red Clover Reader Feature Imani Ariana Grant

Red Clover Reader Feature Imani Ariana Grant

Imani talks to Red Clover Reader about her book, Disco Balls of the Universe. Visit link to learn details.

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Kozy Korner Space Party

Kozy Korner Space Party

Kozy Korner invited Lauren Simone Pubs to host a Space Party. Melissa-Sue John read "Disco Balls of the Universe" written by child author, Imani Ariana Grant and illustrated by teen artists, Simonne-Anais Clarke and Zachary-Michael Clarke. After reading the story, Melissa asked the children "What was your favorite planet?" Joshua said "Jupiter because it is the largest planet". Tiana said "Mars because it is red, my favorite color" Marleigh said, "Uranus because it sounds like anus"After the story, children were invited to a craft table to color the planets, cut them out and create a Space Mobile. The children seemed to...

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Engineering through picture books

Engineering through picture books

So you are an educator and you want to introduce more STEM activities to your students? Picture books provide perfect opportunities for teaching the problem-solving skills that are the basis of engineering?I recently attended a workshop entitled “Engineering a Story” at the STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The workshop focused Engineering Design Process (EDP) — or problem solving — applied to any fiction or nonfiction text.”When generating a list of picture books to examine problem solving, of course you want that list to feature diverse main characters. You can find these books through the Diverse BookFinder. Click on Search and type in “problem solving.” You could do a similar search on another STEM topics,...

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