Children should see a reflection of themselves in the books they read, my mission is to inspire them one adventure at a time.” - Anna Nyakana

Anna Nyakana Launches Online Summer Camp - June 1-5, 2020 

The world has been turned upside down in recent months and many families and loved ones have been torn apart with devastation. For those of us survivors, we are adjusting to a new way of life, including homeschooling our children. Parents have become full-time teachers, if not already, on top of their existing roles and jobs. As the months continue on, many are questioning learning plans for summer months once the school year officially wraps.

Inspired by this need, I am excited to announce that I will be launching my very own Online Summer Camp for kids ages 8-12 (younger interested campers are welcome!). In addition to introducing kids to the Niyah Zuri series and it's mission of embracing diversity, girl-empowerment, leadership development, and world history through adventure - each daily 30 minute session will be held as a writer's workshop. I will walk virtual campers through the creative writing process, illustration and character development! By the end of this week-long camp, campers will be equipped to write their very own short stories, implement  fundamental leadership traits, and be inspired to grow their love of reading! See you all in June! 



Anna Nyakana - 2020 "100 Women of Color" Award Honoree 


It is my esteemed honor to announce that I will be honored with the "100 Women of Color" award! I am humbled by this recognition and will continue to spread the Niyah Zuri message one child at a time! Thank you to June Archer and Eleven28 Entertainment Group for this prestigious distinction! Check back for live coverage from the red carpet and behind the scenes footage from the "100 Women of Color" Black Tie Gala on June 19, 2020. Interested in joining me for this momentous and inspiring evening? Tickets now on sale at The Bushnell box office!

Presented by June Archer & Eleven28 Entertainment. The 100 Women of Color Gala & Awards will celebrate the power of family, friends, and the community as we honor the past, present, and future. This gala will recognize the contributions that women in business, education, entrepreneurship, entertainment, sports and public service have made to impact the lives of those throughout their communities from Stamford, CT to Springfield, MA.





Anna Nyakana visits Clinton Avenue School for World Read Aloud Day 2020 - New Haven, CT 

I had the honor of celebrating World Read Aloud Day 2020 at Clinton Avenue School in New Haven, CT this week! Students at Clinton Avenue School acquire a love of learning and a sense of global citizenship with a project and inquiry based learning model aligned with rigorous instruction and high expectations. 60 bilingual students joined my visit as I delved into chapters of "Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne," reading aloud to inspire their creative young minds! "The twins sound like me," Anthony shouted, to which I responded, "And just like the twins, you keep pushing and keep believing in yourself!" After wrapping my visit, I roamed the halls to track down the classroom of recent Milken educator award winner Ms. Lauren Sepulveda - I crashed her class to extend my congratulations to this elite Connecticut educator (keep inspiring your students to learn and connect with the world around them!).

Thank you to Principal Kristina DeNegre and Vice Principal Patricia Gantenbein for inviting me to share in this literacy celebration. Special thanks also to Jennifer Quirk, Library Media Specialist, for liaising and coordinating of this event!

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Anna Nyakana visits Fred D. Wish Museum School - Hartford, CT 

I had an impactful visit at Fred D. Wish Museum School in Hartford, CT to wrap up the week-long celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day! The mission of Fred D. Wish Museum School is to L.E.A.D. their students to LEARN, EXPLORE, ACHIEVE, and DISCOVER their dreams and goals. I had the pleasure to connect with an all-boys after school program discussing my book "Niyah Zuri & The Pharaoh's Throne" and the importance of diversity and representation in the books we read as well as how to create individual goals to achieve your biggest dreams. My visit wrapped with a writer's workshop, as I led the group to collaborate on their very own short story, which will be presented at their next Literacy Night event. A big THANK YOU to Caitlin Brexley, Literacy Coach (Hartford Public Schools) and Gelda St. Juste, Community Schools Site Coordinator (The Village for Families & Children) for coordinating the visit!



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Anna Nyakana guest expert on "Parenting Beyond the Headlines" - Essex, CT 

I had the esteemed pleasure to be a guest expert on "Parenting Beyond the Headlines" podcast hosted by Dr. Amy Alamar and emmy-award winning journalist Sarah Cody. Listen to the full podcast episode below as we discuss the importance of traveling with your children and exposing them to world cultures!

LISTEN HERE: "Talking About the Importance of Exploring with Your Children" With Special Guest: Anna Nyakana, Author of Niyah Zuri and The Pharaoh's Throne


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