HISTORY | Black Owned Book Publishers | Lauren Simone Publishing

The idea of Laur​en Simone Publishing (LSP) House began in 2016. It was formally established as an entity of Front Page Talent LLC and functions as a publishing company in the State of Connecticut. The publishing house was birthed by two sisters, Olivia Lauren John and Alyssa Simone John who enjoy the arts. They acted, modeled, drew, painted, played musical instruments, and most recently wrote and published their own children's books. 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. 
Melissa-Sue John and Olivia Lauren John 

January 2017:
Alyssa Simone, Olivia Lauren, and their mother, Dr. Melissa-Sue John created the Olivia Lauren book series.

February 2017:
Olivia Lauren Occupations A to Z, a children's career guide was released.
March 2017
Alina Dowe, Princeton Dowe, and Brazil Dowe joined Lauren Simone Publishing House and released the first edition book of the He and She Series Siblings Fight. 


April 2017:
Olivia Lauren's Olivia Travels was released.
Olivia Lauren was invited to read at Rising Stars preschool. 


June 2017:
Books available in Bookclub Bookstore in South Windsor, CT, Mahogany Cafe Bookstore in Florida, and the Prosser Public Library in Bloomfield, CT. Authors and illustrators had a Meet and Greet at Go Bananas, Montclair, NJ.

July 2017:
Olivia Lauren had public readings of Olivia Travels at the Hartford Public Library, Albany branch and the Brooklyn Public Library.

August 2017:
Lauren Simone Pubs garnered their official illustrator team: Leo, Niquey, Simonne, and Zach.
Olivia Lauren was interviewed on the Ernee Pepper Show.
Olivia Lauren's Olivia Connects is released. Olivia Lauren featured in the Hartford Courant.
The first edition of the Dowe Twins More 2 Learn Series' Days of the Week is released and distributed by Book Club Bookstore, South Windsor, CT.

September 2017:
Olivia Lauren's A Guide to the Things We Wear was released. Olivia Lauren did a story time at Jack and Allies Bookstore in Vernon, CT.

October 2017:
Olivia Lauren and Dr. John was invited to Career Day at Laurel Elementary in Bloomfield, CT.

November 2017:
Olivia Lauren attended her first Book fair at the Connecticut Children's Book Fair. 

December 2017:
Olivia Lauren read at the Wood Library and Museum. 
January 2018: 
Sabrena Bishop and Elijah Bishop released Elijah and his invisible friend. Dr. John featured on Smile Jamaica on TVJ.
Dr. John did a book reading at Bookaphilia bookstore in Kingston, JA.

Lauren Simone Publishing added tote bags.
February 2018:
Dr. John was featured author at the Local CT authors visit Prosser Library.
Dr. John and Sabrena Bishop got Black history month feature from Atlanta African American Book Festival. Imani Ariana Grant's Disco Balls of the Universe was released. Lauren Simone Publishing attended first Black Wall Street event in Bridgeport.

March 2018:
Imani's book launch took place in Bloomfield, CT. 
Lauren Simone Pubs was made available at Brown Boy, Brown Girl Bookstore. Dr. John spoke on a panel at the Wallingford Public Library with other esteemed authors including Tochi Onyebuchi.
Dr. John invited to read for Black history month at school in Principal Nick Jones school.

April 2018:
Lauren Simone Pubs attends book fair in Philadelphia, PA held by Neo Davis and Monique of Beaunoir Books at The Greatness Center.
Sabrena did a story time at a Florida school.
Olivia read at the East Hartford Learning Center.
Authors featured on Path to Greatness podcast.
Sabrena was interviewed  by Bev Jones. Lauren Simone Pubs vend at Pitkin Elementary School. Olivia reads at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore.
NBC Reporter Keisha Grant shares daughter in Olivia Lauren tee. 
May: Imani reads book at the YMCA Vernon.
Authors attend UCONN Barnes and Noble Children's Book Day Event in Hartford.
Olivia Lauren's Things We Wear and Occupations A to Z receive Readers Favorite Five Star seal. Sabrena reads at Northwest Regional Library.
June 2018:
Imani read at Bronx School. Imani and Olivia display books at the Hartford Public Main library and get featured on NBC.
Olivia and Imani attend Black Wall Street New Haven and sell out again!

July 2018:
Blog created. Sabrena attends South Florida Book Festival. Sabrena and Melissa attend Atlanta African American Book Festival.
Imani reads at the Rockville Public Library. Books in Tall Tales Book Shop. Lauren Simone Pubs attend Freedom Community Festival in Bridgeport, CT. Disco Balls gets Readers Favorite 5 star.
August 2018:
Imani attends Fun in the Son event in Bronx, NY and Jack and Allies Bookstore, Vernon, CT. Books sold at That Book Store in Wethersfield, CT.
Olivia meets award winning children's book author, Jacqueline Woods at Mark Twain Center, Hartford, CT.
September 2018:
Olivia, Alyssa, Imani, Madison, and Elijah featured in Writer's Life Magazine. Book fair at the Bloomfield Congregational Church.
October 2018:
Sabrena presents at the ESE Family Forum in Dade County, Florida.

November 2018:
Olivia and Imani read at Annie's Bookstore, MA.

December 2018: 
Yvette Phillips released The Tale of Princess Alicia, a chapter book and has book launch in Bronx, NY.
Authors attend Winter Book Fair at UCONN Bookstore.
Sabrena's book I may not be like you but we could be friends was a featured book at the LOL Book Club. 
 
January 2019: 
Lauren Simone Publishing House created an online bookstore hosting other diverse children's books, toys, puzzles, accessories, and apparel.
Dr. John hosts book event at Kozy Korner Bookstore in Jamaica. 
February 2019:
Lauren Simone Pubs authors featured by Red Clover Reader. Olivia and Imani are featured by Inspo Mini Style.

Imani presents at Kids Week event at the Intrepid Museum.
Miss Florida Teen reads Elijah and his invisible friend to class in Florida.

March 2019:
Dr. John reads Things We Wear at Sunset Ridge Elementary School.
Olivia reads Things We Wear at LOL Book Club; Lauren Simone Pubs partners with Vintage Radio and Communication Museum of Connecticut; Imani hosts Paint event at Painting with a twist. 
Olivia and Dr. John featured on Both Sides with DJ and Hanee podcast.

April 2019:
Olivia reads Things We Wear book at That Book Store. Imani releases her second book, The Golden Life of Sally Sunflower right in time for Earth Day.

May 2019:
Olivia Lauren showcase books at the Hartford Public Library. 
October: Lala and Henry Wingo by Ayana Bando and her daughters was released.
June 2019:
Imani showcases books at the Ever Wonder children's museum and Strong Family Farm.

July 2019:
Yvette showcases book at Kozy Korner Bookstore, Kingston, JA. Imani showcases books at Discovery Museum.
September 2019:
Lauren Simone Pubs books featured at the UCONN BN event.
October 2019:
Dr. John speaks at the CT Lit Fest, showcases books at the East Hartford fall festival and Strong Farm Harvest Festival. Olivia showcases books at Auer Farm Festival.
November 2019:
Sabrena Bishop named in Author Academy Top 10 Finalist.
December 2019: 
Yvette Phillips released an accompanying Princess Alicia Activity Book to accompany the chapter book. Lauren Simone Pubs participated in the Bloomfield Backpack Program and UCONN Barnes and Noble Holiday Bazaar.

January 2020: 
Priscilla Morgan published a Gratitude Journal for Kids

February 2020
Yvette Phillips featured on News12 reading for Chinese Lunar Year.

March 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. 
May 2020: 
Sabrena Bishop and her son, Elijah released Elijah's Birthday Surprise
July 2020: 
Sabrena Bishop and her daughter, Madison released Madison explores paint. 
Olivia Lauren and Dr. John read Things We Wear on the CaryLee  Show.

August 2020: 
Lauren Simone Pubs in collaboration with the Love of Literature host virtual camp.

October 2020: 
Rabbi Donna Berman released The Painted Sky.
Lauren Simone Pubs featured by the Greater New Haven Arts Council.
December 2020: 
Lauren Simone Pubs chooses Charter Oak Cultural Center as its official charity, giving 10% of proceeds of the Olivia Lauren series. 
February 2021: 
Educators, Ryan Parker and Justis Lopez, released Happyvism: A Story about Choosing JoyImani Ariana featured on NBC.
March 2021: 
Imani Ariana released her third book, Virtual Lift Off. Ryan Parker, Justis Lopez, and Dr. John take it to UCONN. 

April 2021:
 Imani Ariana featured on The Weather Channel. Ryan Parker is featured as CT Poet Laureate. 

May 2021:
 Lauren Simone Pubs receives Citizens Bank Small Business Community Champion Award
Ryan Parker featured as  Poet Laurette of Manchester on Fox.
Olivia Lauren's poem featured on CT transit bus for Poetry on the streets.

June 2021: 
Aaron Gordon and Fitzroy Gordon released Cybersecurity Explorers.
July 2021: 
Proskater by Amari Bingham was released.
September 2021:
Lauren Simone Publishing awarded Community Hero.
 
Lauren Simone Pubs accepted into the Girls for Technology Building for Equity Pitch Competition.
October 2021:
Lauren Simone Pubs was nominated ShopBlackCT professional service and they won!
Lauren Simone Pubs was invited into the 2021 Inner City Capital Connects (ICCC) cohort. 
November 2021:
Lauren Simone participated in GFT Pitch Competition and was voted Audience Favorite at the Girls for Technology Building for Equity.
Editor Stephanie Clarke joins Lauren Simone Publishing.

December 2021:
Melissa-Sue John was featured by Boceto Media for the Olivia Lauren series representing diversity in the community.
Lauren Simone Publishing was on the front page of the Hartford News.
Rosamond White releases Home, Where is Home?;
Youth Illustrator, Zachary Clarke's art makes the cover of The Bubblah Children's Magazine. 
January 2022:
Lauren Simone Publishing was accepted into Operation Hope Business Accelerator.

February 2022:
Dr. John and Dr.  Fitzroy Gordon were featured
on East Hartford Library's Author Showcase.
Lauren Simone Pubs was accepted in 12th cohort of the
Reset Impact Business Accelerator.
Dr. John was a featured on New Haven Arts Council
Black Children's Book Week, and Jenny Boom Boom's Small Business. 

March 2022:
Dr. John was invited to UCONN Werth Coffee Chats and featured on Royal Lilac for Women' history month.
Joseph Inigo released Music Note Kids
Yvette Phillips spoke at a Women's conference.
Lauren Simone Pubs selected as a finalist in A Billion Black Business.
Olivia Lauren's books featured in Children's Lending Library in Florence, Italy. 

April 2022:
Nichole Hawkins joined Lauren Simone Publishing House. 

May 2022: 
Carol Cross joined Lauren Simone Publishing House. 
Joseph Inigo honored with Hartford Yard Goats Community Hero award.
 
June 2022:
Nichole Hawkins released You are the U in Unique.
Illustrator Aadil Kwan joined Lauren Simone Publishing.
Author Cheryl Baldwin joined Lauren Simone Publishing.
Imani Grant, Olivia Lauren, and Dr. John presented at the Black Children's Reading Lounge.
Dr. John presented at Career Week at O'Brien STEM Academy.
Rosamond White honored with Liberty Bank
and Hartford Yard Goats community hero award. 
Dr. John presented at the reSET Social Enterprise Venture Showcase, where she won first place. 
September 2022:
Olivia Lauren released in Spanish.
Dr. John was awarded a WBDC Equity match grant.
; Illustrator Rakeem Nelson joins Lauren Simone Publishing. Amari Bingham was featured in The Bubblah.
October 2022:
Rosamond White was featured in The Medium.
Madison Bishop was featured in South Florida Special Olympics newsletter.
Dr. John presented two workshops at the East Hartford Public Library.
east hartford Library workshop Dr. Melissa-Sue John
Dr. John competed and came second place in the Havyn Hatch
Female Founder Pitch Competition. 
Photo by Christopher from Havyn Hatch
Later she was a top 20 finalist in the Excelerate America Competition.
She was also nominated for an 2022 Inspirational Influencer Award.
She was interviewed on the Powerful Podcast
Fitzroy Gordon, Rosamond White, and Olivia Lauren presented
at the Elm City Lit Festival and Rosamond White was
featured in the New Haven Independent Newspaper. 
elm city lit festival new haven public free library stetson branch
November 2022:
Cheryl Baldwin launches book, You Cant Catch Me at Affordable Childcare Learning Center
Cheryl L Baldwin You Cant Catch Me
December 2022: 
Janice Polite joins Lauren Simone Publishing House
Crystal Lannaman joins Lauren Simone Publishing House
January 2023:
Pedro Valentin joined Lauren Simone Publishing House. 
Dr. John and Olivia Lauren publish 7th book of the Olivia Lauren series, Guide to Animal Habitats. 
February 2023:
Dr. John accepted into the Goldman Sachs One million women in business accelerator. 
Dr. John interviewed by Brianna Carter's Mama Knows Nada podcast as RoAR author. 
​Currently, Lauren Simone Publishing House has 30 authors
(12 youth and 18 adults) and 14 illustrators (7 youth and 7 adults).
Learn more about the authors and illustrators and how to
become our next author or illustrator!