It's Women's History Month and I had the honor of being spotlighted at the Scholastic Book Fair this week! It was a fun day as I interacted with the students of International Magnet School in South Windsor, CT. Special thanks to my student correspondents for the interview, the Capital Region Education Council (CREC), & Princial Tinh. Watch the video below to hear their questions!
In celebration of Pretty Brown Girls Day 2017 and Women's History Month, I visited PBG Club #85 at Metacomet School in Bloomfield, CT. It was exciting to engage with 70 young girls to discuss and analyze the many layers of my main character Niyah Zuri. The end result was a discovery of themselves and that Niyah Zuri is a Pretty Brown Girl, just like all of them! Special thanks to PBG Club #85 educators/leaders Ms. Donna Mims and Ms. Regina Lester-Harriat for inviting me to join their kickoff meeting!
In celebration of Black History Month and World Read Aloud Day 2017, I kicked off my book tour this week at International Magnet School (a CREC School) in South Windsor, CT. Thank you to Principal Tinh and IMS educators Ms. Bergeron, Ms. Perry, Mrs. Zdrojeski, Mr. Stewart, Mrs. Penecassio, Ms. Pacheco, and Ms. Shannon!
CLICK HERE TO SEE A CREATIVE STUDENT FEEDBACK COLLAGE created by the students of IMS!
"The Stan Simpson Show – Accomplished singer publishes a children’s book"
HARTFORD, Connecticut - February 4, 2017 --- Anna Nyakana, who released her first music album in 2007, joins Stan Simpson to talk about her new children's book "Niyah Zuri and the Pharaoh's Throne."
Her book follows self-assured heroine Niyah Zuri as she and her best friends, Miguel and Hugo Gonzales, travel through time with the use of a mystical map. Children are taken on an adventure with every turn of the page as the trio forge their friendship through exploration.
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Watch the official book trailer for Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne! When you're finished, make sure to subscribe to the Niyah Zuri YouTube page for notices on future videos including behind the scenes footage from my 2017 book tour!
Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne is now available at Barnes & Noble!
Head down to your local store or order online with free shipping today! My book is also Kids Club eligible, so sign your child up for this free rewards program through Barnes & Noble to rack up reading perks such as 30% off my book, loyalty discounts, and more!
The Niyah Zuri series is geared towards young readers, grades 4-6, and comes equipped with a full glossary exposing children to a broad vocabulary that will both challenge and educate them. Parents and teachers can visit my website for free downloadable activities such as word searches and story mapping (this book and associated resources comply with the Common Core State Standards Initiative).
Click the Barnes & Noble link above or below to order your copy today! Official book trailer launching in the coming weeks; stay tuned and Happy New Year!
Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne is now available for order on Amazon!
Thank you for your support over the past year as I worked with editors, illustrators, and distributors to get my book in the hands of chlidren around the world. The Niyah Zuri series is geared towards upper elementary readers and comes equipped with a full glossary exposing children to a broad vocabulary that will both challenge and educate them. Parents and teachers can browse the Resources tab on my website for free downloadable activities such as word searches and story mapping (this book and associated resources comply with the Common Core State Standards Initiative).
Take a minute to read the following book summary then click the Amazon link above or below to order a copy today! Official book trailer and digital content to launch in the coming weeks. Thank you again for the continued support and Happy Holidays!
Niyah Zuri and The Pharaoh's Throne is heroine leading, compass wielding, time jumping, dinosaur evading, Nile River racing, & multiculturally educating! Niyah Zuri and The Pharaoh's Throne follows self-assured heroine Niyah Zuri as she & her best friends, Miguel and Hugo Gonzales, travel through time with the use of a mystical map. Children are taken on an adventure with every turn of the page as the trio forge their friendship through exploration. The series begins its epic tale when Niyah and the Gonzales twins discover an enchanted map in their clubhouse and are accidentally teleported to the Triassic period. After evading carnivorous dinosaurs, the time-jumping continues when they're sent back to Ancient Egypt in order to help a young Prince Tut overcome his fear of rule. The group race against the clock to complete their mission, returning to their time period in haste, as the Pharaoh's sudden death has the royal guards suspicious of Tut's foreign visitors.
What's a heroine without her loyal best friends? Meet the Gonzalez Twins; Hugo and Miguel!
I am thrilled to share the final illustration of my main character: Meet Niyah Zuri!
I am very excited to launch a book cover contest for my children's book "Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne." One step closer to bringing the Niyah Zuri series to schools & bookstores near you!
Illustrators can enter the contest via Freelancer through the link below. Contest closes June 13, 2015.