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Anna Nyakana on News 12 Connecticut’s “Our Lives” - Norwalk, CT

Thank you to the staff and crew of News 12 Connecticut’s “Our Lives” for a wonderful Author interview, especially Emmy-Award winning host Gwen Edwards! Watch the interview below as we discuss my book “Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh’s Throne” and my mission to amplify diversity in children’s books while inspiring kids to become confident readers!

 

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And we’re live in 3, 2, 1... @news12ct #AuthorInterview #TV #ChildrensBooks

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“Little Girls with Dreams become Women with Vision”... @iemmys @news12ct #AuthorInterview #TV #ChildrensBooks

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Anna Nyakana on Hot 93.7’s “Beat of CT” Podcast

Beat of CT: Diversity Through Kids Books 

HARTFORD, Connecticut - April 11, 2019 --- Local Author Anna Nyakana tells Nancy all about her new childrens book, and how she feels its diversity can help kids get a sense of belonging. The book, "Niyah Zuri and the Pharaoh's Throne," is about diversity and adventure!

 

Anna Nyakana visits Capital Prep Magnet - Hartford, CT

I had the honor of wrapping Women's History Month with 80 students at Capital Prep Magnet school in Hartford, CT. This Pre-K through 12th grade charter school aspires to create a community of lifelong learners who will be assets to their community by working towards Social Justice. During our deep dive into Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne, we talked about overcoming challenges, aspiring to make impacts in our community, and the importance of diversity. Thank you to Principal Dr. Kitsia Ferguson for your support and Joaner Weidman, Projects and Program Support Facilitator, for organizing this event!

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”Your zip code does not define you; you are boundless...” #ChildrensBooks #Education #WomensHistoryMonth

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Be the heroine in your own story... #ChildrensBooks #Education #WomensHistoryMonth

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Aspire to inspire... #ChildrensBooks #Education #WomensHistoryMonth

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Sharing the Niyah Zuri message with 80 young scholars... #ChildrensBooks #Education #WomensHistoryMonth

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Anna Nyakana Author Interview on HPATV’s Hartford Community Leaders

I had a great discussion on HPATV’s Hartford Community Leaders show this week, highlighting my children’s book Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh’s Throne and the impact it’s making in the Greater Hartford community. Hartford Community Leaders began on May 1, 2014, as a community – based planning process bringing together residents, local organizations, police department and local politicians in a forum to come up with viable solutions to violence. Special thanks to hosts Donald Padgett and Lakia Shavon Lightner for spotlighting me in honor of Women’s History Month and recognizing my work with CT students. Watch my interview below!

Anna Nyakana Author Interview on Hot 93.7 Morning Show- Hartford, CT

Kicked off my morning with Hot 93.7‘s Morning Crew Today! Had an amazing time sharing the message of diversity found in Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh’s Throne, my journey as an indie author, the feedback I’ve been receiving from students and schools in Connecticut, and even my ultimate dream-supporter (Oprah!) with their listeners. Big thanks to the Morning Crew for the interview and their support: DJ Buck, Nancy Barrow, Stevey Newnez, and Genesis Robles! Watch the interview below!

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Good morning Greater #Hartford! Tune in to my interview on @hot937fm #ChildrensBooks #Education #Bookstagram

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Anna Nyakana visits Capital Prep Harbor School - Bridgeport, CT

I had an amazing day at Capital Prep Harbor School in Bridgeport, CT spreading the Niyah Zuri message of Diversity and Believing in one's self! This forward-thinking charter school is changing lives by providing historically disadvantaged students with the college and career readiness skills needed to become responsible and engaged citizens for social justice. I spent the morning speaking with parents about their child's interests and how my book Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne can further inspire their curiosity and love of reading and writing. After wrapping a book signing for select classes, I engaged with with 3rd and 4th grades to discuss their recent writing assignments and answer questions about the Niyah Zuri series. I was honored to autograph a copy of my book to a Kindergartener who stopped by the book signing and declared she had to go home with a copy; my youngest reader yet! Finally, the day concluded with an assembly of 3rd through 6th grades, 220 students in all! I loved sharing excerpts from my book, the origin stories for my characters, and reminding them of the importance of diversity in the books they read. Black History month also reminds us to leave our own mark in history, so I encouraged each student to "always believe in yourself, others will follow."

 

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Ask me anything... #WeAreCapitalPrep #Education #ChildrensBooks #BlackHistoryMonth @drsteveperry

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Who I do it for... #WeAreCapitalPrep #Education #ChildrensBooks #BlackHistoryMonth @drsteveperry

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Anna Nyakana selected as Microsoft Education Community Guest Speaker

Very excited to announce that I have been selected as a Microsoft Education Community Guest Speaker! Schools and organizations can utilize Microsoft's Skype in the Classroom to book virtual guest speaking engagements with me.  Skype in the Classroom bookings can be made by clicking here or via email contact@annanyakana.com

I am eager to spread the Niyah Zuri message of diversity while promoting literacy across the country and around the Globe!

 

Anna Nyakana Visits Pretty Brown Girls Club at Thirman Milner School - Hartford, CT

Had a powerful Author Visit with the Pretty Brown Girls Club at Thirman Milner School in Hartford, CT. We spent a couple of hours discussing the importance of Sisterhood and creating a safe space for each girl to share some of the challenges they face daily. Pulling examples from my book "Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne" and the fearless heroine Niyah Zuri, we developed solutions to these challenges and committed ourselves to BEING CONQUERORS!

Anna Nyakana Visits Harbor Elementary - New London, CT

What an exciting day spent with the bright minded students over at Harbor Elementary in New London, CT! I had a wonderful Author Visit with Ms Sklar's 3rd grade class as I read chapter excerpts from my book "Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne", discussed the importance of diversity, and answered some Q&A. Looking forward to returning before the end of the school year!

 

 

Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne Extends to New London Public Schools

Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne has gained a new school district: New London, Connecticut! I am very excited to announce the 3rd grade students of Harbor Elementary will be studying my book this Winter, which will be followed by an Authors Visit in Spring 2018. Thank you to New London Public Schools for adding my book to their curriculum, I look forward to spreading the word of Niyah Zuri to all New London students in the months to come!

Anna Nyakana featured author on Indie Author Day, Hartford CT

A big thank you to Hartford Public Library for hosting my exclusive signing on Indie Author Day 2017! The support from my community, state-wide, has been overwhelming! Thank you all for spreading the word of Niyah Zuri and all the series works to achieve. Coming to a school near you!

 

 

"Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne" Featured on Summer Reading Challenge - Carmen Arace Intermediate

 

BLOOMFIELD, Connecticut - JUNE 26, 2017 ---

 

CARMEN ARACE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL PRESENTS:

THE PRINCIPAL’S SUMMER READING/MATH CHALLENGE

2017 – GRADE FIVE

June, 2017

 

Dear Carmen Arace Intermediate School Families,

 

Happy Summer!!!!

 

The purpose of Carmen Arace Intermediate School's summer assignment is to encourage our students to practice and improve their literacy and numeracy skills. If children continue using their acquired skills during the summer, it helps prevent a serious loss of learning gained over the course of the school year.

 

This year the students that will be entering grades five and six are receiving a novel as our gift to add to your home library. Our incoming grade five students are to read, Niyah Zuri and the Pharaoh's Throne, by Anna Nyakana and our incoming grade six students are to read, Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Each student is to read their novel, answer a few questions, and complete activities over the summer. There is a suggested pacing schedule included in this packet. Students are to also complete the included reading log. Your children should be choosing books that are at his/her correct independent reading level. What a wonderful opportunity to read the novel and other books with your child during the summer months.

 

Anna Nyakana Surprises PBG Club #85 with Exclusive Book Signing - Metacomet Elementary - Bloomfield

"Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne" was selected as the exclusive year-end gift for Pretty Brown Girls Club #85! As a special thank you, I surprised this group of 70 bright-minded girls with a book signing at their school, Metacoment Elementary, located  in Bloomfield, CT. Enjoy your summer reading and may Niyah Zuri inspire you (and all children) to be fearless and always believe in yourself!

 

 

70 Girls all wanting to be like Niyah Zuri! Conquer the world! @prettybrowngirls #BookSigning #SummerReading #ChildrensBooks

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Truly inspired by each smiling face... @prettybrowngirls #BookSigning #SummerReading #ChildrensBooks

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Surprised PBG Club 85 with an exclusive book signing! @prettybrowngirls #BookSigning #SummerReading #ChildrensBooks

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Bank Square Books hosts Anna Nyakana Book Signing - Mystic CT

Thank you to Bank Square Books for hosting my book signing this past weekend in Mystic, CT. It was a successful event and I enjoyed inspiring new young readers of the Niyah Zuri series along with their parents and grandparents! Supporting independent authors is just as important as supporting independent bookstores that are locally owned and operated! Looking forward to my next book signing at a bookstore near you, make sure to sign up for my mailing list below to be notified of upcoming events in your area!

 

A Child Seeing Themselves in Books = An Impact for a Lifetime! #BookSigning #ShopLocal #ChildrensBooks @bsb_savoy

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"Eat, Sleep, Read, LOCAL"... @indiebounduk #BookSigning #ShopLocal #ChildrensBooks @bsb_savoy

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Black Books and Author's "What's Your Story? Anna Nyakana" Feature

"What's Your Story? Anna Nyakana"

 

MEMPHIS, Tennessee - May 18, 2017 --- Read this month's guest feature by children's book author Anna Nyakana! “What’s Your Story?” is a new, guest post feature on BCBA web. Authors-traditional and self-published-are invited to write about their books, writing journey, creative process, inspiration, rewards and challenges of publishing, etc. They can go in whatever direction they choose. We are excited and grateful for their willingness to share, and we hope you enjoy our guests’ stories.

 

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About Black Children’s Books and Authors

Black Children’s Books and Authors (BCBA) is a nonprofit organization. Our mission is to promote global awareness of Black writers of children’s and young adult literature. Our online directory lists traditional and self-published authors. Whether you are a student, parent, educator, librarian, avid reader, or someone who just stumbled upon this site, this resource is for you to expand your knowledge of Black authors and the stories they write.

 

 

Scholastic Book Fair: Q&A Session with "Niyah Zuri" Author Anna Nyakana

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!

 

 

Niyah Zuri author Anna Nyakana celebrates Pretty Brown Girl Day 2017 at Metacomet Elementary - Bloom

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!

 

 

Niyah Zuri is a Pretty Brown Girl! @prettybrowngirls #PBGDay2017 #PBGIRLpreneur #ISeeMe #WomensHistoryMonth

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"Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne" Author Anna Nyakana Visits International Magnet School - South W

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE on FOX 61 The Stan Simpson Show: Niyah Zuri Author Anna Nyakana

 

"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.

 

Visit Anna Nyakana's website for more information on future book signings and more. You can also purchase her book on AmazonBarnes & Noble.

 

 

 

Official Book Trailer for Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne!

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 - Now Available at Barnes & Noble!

Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne - B&N

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!

 

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Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne - Now Available on Amazon!

Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Thone

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!

 

 

 

Book Description:

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.

 

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All hail Prince Tut!

My final character illustration is complete: All hail Prince Tut!

Prince Tut

 

Introducing the Gonzalez Twins: Hugo & Miguel

What's a heroine without her loyal best friends? Meet the Gonzalez Twins; Hugo and Miguel!

 

 

Hello World: Meet Niyah Zuri!

I am thrilled to share the final illustration of my main character: Meet Niyah Zuri!

 Niyah Zuri!

 

 

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