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JaNay Brown-Wood is a children’s author and educator. Currently, she works as an ECE professor at American River College in Sacramento. Her first picture book Imani’s Moon is the winner of the NAESP Children’s Book of the Year Award, is a Northern CA ACL 2014 Distinguished Book, a recommended pick on the “NYC Reads 365” 1st grade reading list, as well as a Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Multicultural Book pick for 2015. It has also been turned into an audiobook through Live Oak Media. JaNay has also had poems featured in Highlights for Kids and Highlights High Five. Her second book Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story is forthcoming August, 2017. Learn more about her at www.janaybrownwood.com and find her on Facebook and Twitter!
Imani is a young Maasai girl with a loving mother and a desire to do something great. When she decides she wants to touch the moon, she works hard to reach her goal, even in the face of teasing from the naysayers around her.
Grandma's Tiny House: A Counting Story
There is always room for family! This sweet, rhyming counting book introduces young readers to numbers one through ﬁfteen as Grandma’s family and friends ﬁll her tiny house on Brown Street. Neighbors, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and grandkids crowd into the house and pile it high with treats for a family feast. But when the walls begin to bulge and no-body has space enough to eat, one clever grandchild knows exactly what to do.
Where there’s a will there’s a way when families grow and come together.
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JaNay talks about the importance of reading to young children with her daughter Vivian, on Good Day Sacramento as a representative for the 2017 Sacramento Black Book Fair.
JaNay discusses her new book "Grandma's Tiny House: A Counting " starting at 12:20
JaNay reads IMANI'S MOON and talks about the wonderful American River College, where she teaches in the Early Childhood Education Department!
A short video about JaNay and her alma mater, Sunnyside High School.
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