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Lauren Simone Publishing (LSP) House, founded in 2016, is a publishing company in Hartford, Connecticut. The publishing house was birthed by two sisters, Olivia Lauren John and Alyssa Simone John who enjoy the arts. They act, model, draw, paint, play musical instruments, and most recently started to publish books. Together with the help of their mom, Dr. Melissa-Sue John, they created the Olivia Lauren book series. They wanted to expose young readers to the things that they had experienced, as well as create a platform for other authors and artists to share their talent and diversity.
Lauren Simone Publishing House began procuring new talent to write and illustrate in 2017. Currently, Lauren Simone Publishing House has 9 youth authors: Olivia Lauren John (who enjoys acting and modeling), Alyssa Simone John (who enjoys listening to music and playing instruments), Imani Ariana Grant (who is fascinated by STEM), Amari Bingham (who loves sports), Madison and Elijah Bishop (who have rich and playful imaginations), Kiya and Jordan Bando (who love mythical and ocean creatures), and Aaron Gordon, 9 adult authors: Ayana Bando, Donna Berman, Sabrena Bishop, Marie Foster, Fitzroy Gordon, Melissa-Sue John, Justis Lopez, Priscilla Morgan, Ryan Parker, and Yvette Phillips, 5 youth illustrators: Siara Chantrelle, Simonne-Anais Clarke, Zachary-Michael Clarke, Clara-Jane Quinn, and Zoe Knibb, and 5 adult illustrators: Louisa Braton- Duguay, Lionel Emabat, Niquey, Tyler Waite, and Brandon Wright.
In 2019, Lauren Simone Publishing House created an online bookstore hosting other diverse children's books, toys, puzzles, accessories, and apparel. On March 26, 2020, Lauren Simone Publishing House became eligible to participate in the State Of Connecticut’s Supplier Diversity Program certifying as an official Small/Minority Business Enterprise.
The mission of Lauren Simone Publishing House is to tackle the issue of lack of diversity in children's literature by being completely inclusive in terms of gender, race, nationality, religion, and ability by publishing the works of diverse authors and illustrators thereby creating literature for all to enjoy. Lauren Simone Publishing House is invested in engaging children in stories written by nontraditional authors; expanding the diversity of groups not often represented in literary works; educating and improving children's understanding of their academic and social experiences and empowering young illustrators by giving them a platform to highlight their artistic skills and build their portfolio, esteem, and marketability.