LOL Book Club

LOL Book Club, founded by Imani Ariana Grant, aims to build a community of children who enjoys reading and socializing to discover the world of fun through literature. The LOL book club is not just about reading.

The goals of the Love of Literature (LOL) Book Club are to:

> Expose children to age-appropriate STEM education through literature.
> Encourage children to use their imagination during learning and play.
> Foster children's learning above and beyond words by engaging in active play, adventure, and hands-on group activities. 
> Build self-confidence through group interaction, collaboration, and presentation.
> Provide opportunities and resources to aid and encourage children to increase and improve reading and writing.
> Encourage parent involvement in children’s learning, literacy, and growth.
> Learn about and from diverse groups of people.
Become a Member
The LOL book club is FREE and open to all children ages 6 to 13 years old.
We meet once a month. Our first group meeting was held in December 7, 2018. Register here. 
Become a Presenter
Are you an author of children’s books? 📚🤔 Do you reside in or near CT? 🤔 Well, the LOL Book Club would love to have you as our next guest to share your book with our amazing club members ages 6 through 13. Please fill out the simple submission form at link in bio @laurensimonepubs or visit and we will get in contact with you. 
Meet the Board Members 

Imani Ariana Grant

Founder and President 

Author, Blogger, and Entrepreneur

Imani Ariana is a 9-year-old the author of Disco Balls of the Universe. Her book teaches children about the 8 planets of the solar system from a child's perspective. She is also the proud owner of an online children's boutique called MAGITOTS. She enjoys writing poems, swimming, figure skating, dancing, playing the violin, basketball and with her friends. She loves to explore new thing and meet new friends. Her favorite subject is science.


Olivia Lauren John
Vice President
Author and Entrepreneur
Olivia Lauren is the co-owner of Lauren Simone Publishing House. She is also the author of the Olivia Lauren Series books, that teaches children about transportation, communication, and more. She enjoys acting, modeling, reading, and writing. Olivia is an intelligent and hardworking student who loves science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).
Kaylee Stephenson 

Vice President

Kaylee Stephenson is 10 years old. She enjoys playing sports, reading, and writing and meeting new friends. She is an amazing enthusiast and love to learn new things. She is the daughter of Heather Sotomayor. 


Shaneika Burchell-Kerr

Mom President (MP)

Entrepreneur and Business Coach

Shaneika Burchell-Kerr is the founder and CEO of Breakthrough to Entrepreneur (BTE Academy). As a business coach, her goal is to develop and empower Entrepreneurs by providing them with the simplest, most effective and efficient tools and resources, to achieve the best result for their business. Her main focus is on e-commerce, social media, email marketing and automation. She is the mother of Imani Ariana Grant. 

Melissa Sue John PH.D

Mom Vice President (MVP)

Educator, Author, Blogger, Entrepreneur

Melissa is the Chief Executive Operator and Blogger of Lauren Simone Publishing HouseThe mission of Lauren Simone Publishing House is to publish the works of diverse authors and illustrators, thereby creating literature for all to enjoy. Currently, she teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University and works as a Research Associate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is the mother of Olivia Lauren John.

Heather Sotomayor

Mom Vice President (MVP)


Heather is a proud educator in the Windham Public Schools. She has been an educator since 2003. She is very creative and enjoys working with children. She is the mother of Kaylee Stevenson.