My Name is Riley Allen. I am currently nine years old and I live in Newnan, Georgia. Many people are interested to know that my hobbies include making flip books, drawing and playing video games. Most of the time I surround myself with people that I care about. Some of those people are my dad, my stepmom Tammie, Skylynn, Ninny and PawPaw.
My name is Ja'kiah Chester and I am seven years old and I live in Newnan, Georgia. I like to watch YouTube and TikTok! I hang around my sister in my free time. I love my mom, dad, sisters, and brothers.
My name is Annalise Williams. I was born in the Ukraine. I was adopted with my brother when I was 8 years old. My favorite memory of coming to the United States was going to a restaurant and getting a toy.
Victor is 11 years old and a sixth grader in Little Falls, New Jersey. He enjoys gardening, baking and video gaming. Writing never came easily for Victor, but he really enjoyed writing this book and looks forward to writing more in the future. Many thanks to Stan Tucker and Leap for Literacy for helping to share his story.
Harper Lummus is 10 years old and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He loves to play tennis, make stories, and play with his friends. Last summer he entered the Share Your Story Program and made a book about 2 kids who find a time machine and go back to prehistoric times. He can't wait to make another book for people to read.
Jaxon Lee Styles
I am Jaxon Lee Styles. I am seven years old and attend Ruth Hill Elementary school. I am in the second grade, but I want to go to college soon. I enjoy playing football with my Dad and brother, cooking dinner with my Mom, and dancing. When I grow up, I will be a football player and a police officer.
My name is Samantha Jordan. I am 12 years old and going into the 7th grade. I am funny, smart, and very energetic. I have two amazing little sisters, and I am a competitive dancer. The moral of my story is to always be yourself. I think that this is an important lesson because when you are true to yourself, you can build stronger friendships with other.
Hey there! My name is Farrah Allidina. I am a 11 year old who loves to write, sing, and dance! I love dancing to hip-hop and writing songs and short stories! I enjoy all genres of writing but especially have enjoyed writing fiction. In my free time, I go on walks with my sister, enjoy baking with my Mom, and play basketball with my Dad. I like drawing and shopping as well. When I grow up, I want to be a singer and dancer! Something important I have learned in my life is to be confident, kind, and hard-working! Life is a blessing and God created you fearfully and wonderfully. Have a great day!
Peace, Farrah :)
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Hi! My name is Aubrey Bolden, and I am nine years old. I live in Fayetteville, Georgia. I enjoy reading, swimming, and, of course, cooking! I live with my mom and dad, my twin brother, and my two guinea pigs Peppermint and Buttons.
My name is EJ Sitler. I am 7 years old and I live in Peachtree City, Georgia. My favorite thing to do is play baseball. When I grow up I want to play for the Philadelphia Phillies. When I am not playing baseball, I enjoy playing golf with my dad, my brother and my sister. I also like to ride my scooter and play video games with my brother and sister.
My name is Kaitlin McKoy and I am 10 years old. I was born profoundly deaf and I wear
bilateral cochlear implants to help me hear. I love to play outside, ride my bike, do gymnastics
and watch movies with my family. When I grow up I want to be a doctor.
My name is Avery Lewis, and I am 10 years old. I live in Athens, Georgia with my mom, dad, and little sister. My hobbies include reading, drawing, biking, and baking. I also really like animals!
My name is Grant Brown. I am a happy young child. I love all things water (ocean, pools, water parks, etc.). I like school, riding horses, music, dancing, pizza, and chicken too. My favorite subject is math. I love going to the beach with my mom and dad.
Lily is a quirky middle schooler from Dallas, GA with a passion for all things relating to books. Her favorite book series right now is Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland! If you’re looking for Lily, you’ll often find her in a quiet place on our family farm with a good book or a journal. When she’s not reading or drawing, she loves to horseback ride, hangout with our farm animals, ride her bike or just hang out with the family. She’s always preparing for her next adventure, whether it be real-life or through the next great book!
My name is Akil Coleman. I am 26 years old and a proud 2014 graduate of South Gwinnett High School. I live with my family in Snellville. GA. I have traveled around the world visiting countries in Africa, Europe and Asia. My hobbies include swimming, drawing, spending time with family especially my grandfather, traveling and planning events for my family. I am a number one Tampa Bay Buccaneer fan!!!
Carmelo Salguero is a first-grader at Timothy Road Elementary School in Athens, Georgia. He is
a fan of Legos, Minecraft, and Roblox. In his free time, Carmelo likes to practice survival skills,
play in the pool with his sisters, and hang out with his dog.
Nora Bower lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her mother, father, three older brothers and dog Homer. She is a freshman in high school and loves making art, reading books, watching anime and playing video games. Her favorite breakfast food is pasta.
Alex Janney is 11 years old and lives in Atlanta, GA with his mom and dad, his dog, Bear, and cat, Marius. Alex loves to read – everything from the Sunday comics to epic novel series – and he loves to come up with his own stories. He has been playing the violin since he was 7, and recently began his second year performing with the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra (though he admits his favorite kind of playing is video games).
My name is Amiyah Wynne and I love dancing, singing and gymnastics. I live in Newport News, Virginia. In my free time I like to read, draw, code and play games with my friends. I also like to travel with my dad. My favorite vacation so far was going to the Bahamas.
Sloan Harper Gecsy is a 9 year old fourth grade student at Enota Multiple Intelligence Elementary , in Georgia. Sloan enjoys drawing, reading Nancy Drew, books, golf, and excels in math. She loves crafts and spending time with her family. Sloan always tries to find ways to raise money for ALS ( Lou Gehrigs diseases in honor of her grandfather ( J.J.) who passed away in February 2021. Sloan aspires to play golf in college while studying Interior Design.
Jayden was born on September 10, 2007, in Atlanta, Georgia. At an early age, Jayden was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. At the age of 4 years old, he had his first brain tumor resection and second resection at 8years old. Now, 6 years post-surgery and working through developmental challenges as a result of the tumor, Jayden is ambitious and focused on the future. He continues to exceed his goals with ongoing speech, occupational and physical therapy. Jayden is an avid swimmer, a top competitor on the swim team, and plays the piano. He enjoys history, golf, geography, traveling, exploring volcanoes, watching funny videos, and his favorite gamers on YouTube. After visiting New York City, he loved the architectural structure of the bridges and MTA system, that he is inspired to one day pursue a career in Structural Engineer. Currently, an 8-grade homeschooled student in Maryland, Jayden looks forward to creating more adventure stories and hopes to inspire any person who faces challenges of any kind.
Hi! My name is Kai Jimenes and I am 12 years old. I am in the 7th grade and hope to be a veterinarian one day!! My love for animals is what inspired me to write this story. Thank you to Stan the Man and Camp Southern Ground for providing this awesome opportunity.
Aislynn and Reidar Benson
Hi, my name is Aislynn I live in Bartow FL and I live with my parents, 4 siblings, and our dog Dexter. Some of the things I like to do are: Draw, paint, craft, and hang out with my friends. When I grow up I would like to travel and see the world.
Hi, my name is Reidar and I live in Bartow, Florida. I have 4 sisters and a dog named Dexter. I like to kayak and read. When I grow up I want to be a robotic engineer.
Hi, my name is Lily Rice. I live in Peachtree City, Georgia with my mom and little brother. I love being outside. I like to explore in the woods, play with my cat, and run.
I wrote this book to inform readers that global warming is bad for all of us and that each one of us can help prevent it.
Grayson is currently a 5th grader from Dallas, GA where he’s a huge help taking care of the family’s farm – potbelly pig, goats, and chickens. He loves to read, draw, build Lego’s and horseback ride. He’s currently an Arrow of Light in scouts and cannot wait to become an astronaut as he aspires to go to space and be the first person to Mars! He hopes you enjoy his book.
Sabrina is a 17-year-old, who enjoys cooking, swimming, and reading in her free time. She is currently a college student majoring in criminal justice. She plans to get her masters in forensics later on and go into the field of CSI.
Hi! My name is Meriel I am 10 years old and live in Bartow, Florida. My hobbies are reading books, baking, cooking with my parents, and playing outside. I live with my 3 sisters, 1 brother, my parents, and my dad’s service dog, Dexter. When I grow up I want to be a service dog trainer or work at Sea World.
Bella Vielledent is 10 years old and lives in Tampa, Florida with her parents, 9-year old brother, and brand new baby sister. She enjoys writing, practicing piano, playing volleyball, reading Harry Potter, and interacting with animals- especially her one year old Golden Retriever, Bunker. She aspires to write and work with horses when she is older. The moral of her story is that being kind is not only the right thing to do, but also the cool thing to do
Breckin Allen is 9 years old and lives in Brooks, Georgia. She lives with her mom, dad, brother
Maddock and all of her pets- Mia (dog), Hazel (cat), Fluffball (bunny), 6 chickens, 1 rooster and
4 fish. She loves everything in nature and can often be found outside studying different bugs,
birds, rocks and trees. She enjoys writing realistic fiction about animals she has had or rescued.
Kennedy Jones and Noah Cameron
Hi, we are Kennedy Jones and Noah Cameron. We live in North Carolina, and we are best friends! Noah is creative and enjoys writing. Kennedy loves to draw and sing. This is the first book we have written together and we had so much fun working on it!
My name is Colin Hacker. I am 13 years old and in 7th grade. I am from Peachtree City, Ga. I love to play basketball and tennis and also play the piano and saxophone. I enjoy being outdoors, time at the lake, traveling, and trying new things. I wrote my book to help other kids know that you don’t have to pick just one activity to focus on - that you can do lots of things! I also thought it would be fun to teach kids about the different genres of music and how music and sports can go together.
I'm Riley Celzo. I'm 15 years old, from Jacksonville, Florida. I'm in 9th grade and I play Lacrosse. I like to make people laugh and always have a good time. I wrote my book to show how great it is to be different, and how being different shouldn't affect the person you are.
Isaiah Domini is currently 11 years old and lives in Fayetteville, Georgia. At the grand stature of 4 ft, 9 inches, Isaiah is a child wonder who brings imagination to life! Isaiah is a curious soul with a heart for service, adventure, and discovery. His book was created to help other children find their inner giant and zest for life!
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My name is Mikaya L. Kharleed. I live with my stepmom, dad, my cat Fred, and my dog Pebles. My favorite animal is a horse, favorite color is teal, and I love to ride horses. I go to McGarity Elementary. I'm in Venture and my favorite subjects are reading and writing. I love to do STEM projects and science.
My name is Madison Moll, and I am 6 years old. I like to hang out with my mom and dad and watch movies. I also enjoy playing volleyball and soccer. Because I like to read, joining a writing club and writing a book of my own was so exciting.
My name is Osahon Agho and I was born in Nigeria. I am 9 years old and I was born on September 19, 2012. I came to Georgia when I was 3 years old in 2015. I’ve spent most of my life in Georgia. I have two brothers and their names are Osarume Agho and Osagie Agho. My favorite things to do is to draw, make friends, and play video games. I also like to travel. I have been to London, Florida, and Tennessee. I am very competitive, curious and smart. I have a very rare name that comes from Africa. I used to play soccer and baseball, but I am doing martial arts at this time. When I grow up, I want to be a doctor because I want to help people by finding cures to any viruses in the future. I hope that you enjoyed reading my story and it inspired you to do good things. Stay tuned for more things about my life.
My name is Anthony Syla. I am 9 years old and attend McGarity Elementary in Dallas, GA. I enjoy building Legos, playing sports, and reading. Remember, if you work hard good things will come.
My name is Lane and I’m in sixth grade. I live in Virginia and I’m really glad I got the opportunity to do this. I love listening to music,drawing, writing,reading, and playing video games. I hope to write more books in the future.
Jeremy, a kindergartener, was excited to complete this process using the Share Your Story Challenge with Leap for Literacy. One thing Jeremy wants people to know about him is that he is always on the go and wants to be as fast as a cheetah, which is his favorite animal. Jeremy enjoys school and loves to read. He is learning to read in English, Japanese, and French!
When he is not playing outside, playing with his toys, or reading, Jeremy can be found spending time with his family. He especially likes spending time with his big sister.
My name is Kendall and I am in the sixth grade. I live in Virginia and at school I am a part of a club that welcomes new students. I also play the clarinet in band and I participate in art club. Outside of school, I enjoy playing with my dog, Buddy, and I like to play soccer. I have a little brother who is six years old. I am very excited that my book was selected to be published. I would like to write more stories in the future.
Arnav Nigam is a fourth grader who enjoys playing soccer and making YouTube videos. Arnav loves to read, and enjoys storytelling. He is a kind and empathetic friend. His best friend is his dog Mustard who is also the protagonist of this story.
My name is Jon (JD) Freeland. I am 26 years old and grew up in Hastings, Michigan. I live in Lilburn, Georgia with my parents and my brother Jacob. I spend my free time playing video games, hanging out with my friends, and creating art.
I am David Loock. I live in Rappahannock County in Virginia and love spending time outside enjoying nature. I also love eating good food, rock climbing, and working outside with my hands.
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Hello my name is Andrew Loock. I live in Virginia on a small farm with my mom, dad and brother along with our dog. I enjoy reading, rock climbing, and learning about geography and skid steers.
Hello, My name is Taina MacDonald and I am 14 years old and just recently graduated middle school! I live in Colorado. I love to do sports, especially dance and gymnastics. I love to explore and learn what my strengths are, and play with my dog! I also love to do movie nights and travel with my family.
Hello my name is Alpha Wise and I am 12 years old. I was born in Nairobi Kenya and currently I live in Diani. I have two brothers Fajiri and Jamari. I enjoy playing football and I see myself taking our national team Harambee stars to their first World Cup! I also enjoy video editing and I am very good at it. I really enjoyed writing this book it was really fun to see the creative side of me come out and am very proud of what I have done. It is important to protect our wildlife especially the endangered species. Many thanks to Stan and Leap for Literacy and I had fun making this book.
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Rowan Mattera lives in Newnan, GA with his dad, mom, teenage sister, his dog Toby and two guinea pigs. Toby was the inspiration for BFFF. Rowan enjoys playing video games and his favorite author is Rick Riordan.
I am currently 7 years old and enjoy reading, playing video games, helping raise animals on our hobby farm and collecting Pokémon cards. I like being outside and playing with my friends. Books that make me laugh are my favorite, which is why I wrote Adventures of a Dog Dad.
Hi, my name is William Bates! I live in Athens, Georgia with my parents, three dogs, six chickens, and one cat. I love all insects and arachnids, writing and illustrating books and stories, and being active on my scooter and at the pool.
Judy McNeece is a five year old artist from Athens, GA. She enjoys art and stories as well as dancing and music. Her favorite animals are mermaids, unicorns and a “horse with a horn and two front legs and a mermaid tail.”
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Arieyonna Flint is 5 years old and currently a rising kindergartner. She loves to draw, paint, play, and dance. Arieyonna is very energetic and surprisingly sometimes shy. She is also well known for her amazing style. Arieyonna loves to wear dresses with long crazy socks and putting stylish bows in her hair to add on to her amazing outfits. And you can’t forget the colorful jewelry to match. She doesn’t really have a favorite color; today it’s purple, but who knows what it’ll be next week. Overall Arieyonna is a very chirpy, happy, and smart 5 year old who will put a smile on anyones face.
Jesse Campbell lives in Winterville, GA, with his parents and older brother. He enjoys reading, riding his bike, and helping in the garden. When he grows up, he wants to be an author and inventor.
My name is Deionte (DJ) and I am five years old. I love playing video games, watching kids play on YouTube, and swimming. My favorite food items are pizza and McDonald's cheeseburgers. My most favorite person in the world is my little brother Khyrie.
Genesis Najera Padillia
Genesis is a very sweet and affectionate girl, she likes to play a lot with her little brother Christopher, she also likes to dance a lot!
Violet Carmela Pino
Violet Carmela Pino was five years old when she was asked to write her narrative. She is an outgoing child who enjoys acting silly, gymnastics, and going to her ninja classes. Violet loves Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, A for Adley, and Disney Princesses. An avid swimmer, Violet likes being at the pool and splashing around like a mermaid. Her favorite people are Mommy and Daddy, Mimi and Pop-Pop, and Noni. Her friends are Ansley, Mac, Nola, Reed, Joshua, Lennon, and River. When she grows up, Violet wants to be a scientist, just like her Mommy.
My Name is Kyrie Daniel I believe that doing the right thing is always best. I love to play with my toys and listen to when people read me books. I also love to draw and color.
Katarina Linda is a 5-year-old who lives in Georgia with her parents, her awesome big brother, and her cats. She loves drawing, dancing, and numbers.
Violet Dockery is 11 years old and lives in Athens, Georgia. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drawing, playing piano, and laughing. She has always loved to write and is excited about writing more stories in the future.
Andy is a seven-year-old boy from Atlanta, GA and he started writing in the Share Your Story program as a rising first grader. His long-term goal in writing is to publish a series of books for Dino Battle. He likes Pokémon, soccer, and dinosaurs. He loves traveling and has visited many places including New York City, Washington DC, Florida, and cities in China. He also enjoys painting with colors and playing video games like Mario Tennis.
Paul Thoele lives in Athens, Georgia, and is a poet. He is very interested in Marine Biology and runs cross country as an after-school activity. He encourages kids to write and have fun doing it.
Hi, my name is Lucia. I am 11 years old and I live in Athens, Georgia. In my free time I like to jump on the trampoline, play on the zipline, and ride my bike. I am a competitive gymnast and train very hard three times per week. I’ve never gotten on a real big rollercoaster. I like the little ones better. My favorite place to travel is to the beach.
Nicholas Parker is the author of Shadowolf, an original novel about the origin story of a teenage werewolf. He loves watching Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars movies and TV shows. He also enjoys listening to music, and loves sketching and drawing. He is a major reader. He is currently working on the plot for the next book in the Shadowolf saga: Shadowolf: Lost In Love, Blind To Evil.
My name is Aubrey Morris and I am 11 years old. I live in Marietta, Georgia with my mom, dad, 3 older brothers and my dog Sky. I love to dance and have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I also enjoy writing, baking, swimming, listening to music, and hanging out with my friends and family.
Hola! My name is Mia Sims, and I am 6 years old. I live in Athens, Georgia. I am a duel language student at Oglethorpe Elementary. I speak Spanish and English. I enjoy reading, swimming, and playing Roblox! I am of Mexican and African decent. I love cooking with mom. Most of all I love playing with my siblings.
John Wolf Bikoff
John Wolf Bikoff is different from other people. He loves his family and his brother. He loves his book. He just wants to meet everyone in the world. For fun he likes to play inside and outside games. Play games and have all the fun in the world.
Ruby Williams is a five year old writer from Athens, Georgia. She loves being a helper to her friends, taking care of her dogs, and going to the playground with her family. While this may be her first published book, Ruby has created and performed numerous one-woman plays from her living room, all of which received positive reviews from her older sister, Ava. She hopes this book makes readers smile, and makes the world a better place.
My name is Laylah Arnold, and I am five years old and live in Athens, Georgia. I love spending time with my family and making them laugh. During my free time, I love watching youtube videos and playing games.
Barroo Kassim is five years old. His favorite color is black and he likes zebras. His favorite thing about school is eating!
ER loves to write and draw!
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I am Maria Mondragon and I'm 11 years old. I live in Athens, Georgia with my brother, mother, and father. I like reading, math, art, and studying.
I am Mayson and I am 6 years old. I am in kindergarten and I love to play with my friends on the playground. I love to run and swing on the swings. I love to build with legos, play with dinosaurs, and hot wheels!
My name is Jaylenn Martinez. I’m a 4th grade student and my teacher’s names are Mrs. Isom and Mrs. Elder. Last year in art class I won the award for the best art drawing and it was put in the art museum. Since that day, I decided to write a book called The Haunted House and that book is the book you’re about to read. I hope that you will like it!
My name is Easton Clark and I am nine years old. I live in Monroe, Georgia. Most of the time I like to write stories and draw. My favorite book series is Dog Man. Some of the time I like to build Legos with my brother. Go Braves!
My name is Jennifer Her and I am currently nine years old. I got the idea for this book from my teacher Mrs. Holmes because she has a puppet named Sassafras. My favorite color is blue and I like to draw. My favorite specials at school are PE and art. I enjoy having sleepovers at my cousin’s house and playing with them.
My name is Leland Head and I am ten years old. I live in Monroe, Georgia. I love football and any other sport. I like to spend my free time practicing football. I hope to be a future author. I want to thank my whole family for supporting me.
My name is Kylee Wallace and I am eleven year old. I live in Monroe, Georgia. I like writing and making stories with random objects. I love my family.
John Malanoski is 24 years old. He has Autism, but that doesn’t define him. In addition to golf, John loves his family, maps, musical instruments, trains, the moon, anything with wheels, and hanging out with his friends at The Exceptional Foundation of Atlanta.
My name is Kamiyah and I am 9 years old. I wrote this book about doing hair because I love doing hair. I have had a passion for doing hair since I was 3 years old.
Hi, I’m Caden and I am 10 years old and in the 5th grade. I attend Alps Road Elementary School in Athens Ga. My favorite color is green, I really like gaming but I love being a “Bruncle”. The book’s concept was made with my mom's help and my adventures with my “Niecster”.
My name is Janiah Holmes. I live in Statham, Georgia and I am 15 in the 9th grade. In my free time I like to listen to music, hang out with my friends, and sometimes read. My favorite book right now is Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas. The reason I wrote my book was to relate how people may be affected to being bullied
Khamari Dixon has been reading and writing since the first grade! When he is not studying he likes to watch Roblox on YouTube and play with his dog outside.
Jeshie Carranza is a young artist and writer from Athens, Georgia. She lives in Athens, Georgia with her family: her mother, Dhen, her father, John Billy, and her brother, Kayden. Jeshie loves to write stories that are inspired by the world around her and her vivid imagination. She loves to write stories and create art inspired by animals. She started writing and drawing when she was just seven years old, and her love for art and painting often shows through in her writing. Jeshie is also an avid sculptor and enjoys creating animals out of clay. When she's not writing or sculpting, Jeshie loves to spend time with her family, play with her dog, Dottie and create beautiful paintings in all sorts of colors. Jeshie dreams of becoming a famous artist and writer someday. She is excited to see where her creativity will take next!
Karif Dash Baldwin was born on October 21st, 2015 in Anderson, SC. He is the big brother of 3 sisters, Koa Baldwin (2), Aubree (7) and Yara. He loves video games, peanut butter on bread and his sisters. He also loves watching caterpillars grow into butterflies.
My name is Yuri Vue, I am 9 years old. I am a 4th grade student, attending Central Unified School District (Central Online Home School) in Fresno, California. My teacher is Mrs. Harris. I have a big family of 8 members. I have my parents, 3 sisters, and 2 brothers. I also have 5 dogs. My favorite subject in school is Social Studies. When I grow up, I want to be a doctor and help people. On my free time I like to go out with my family to eat at restaurants. My favorite restaurant is Black Bear Diner. The most important things to me are my family and my pets. Together, we can accomplish anything!
Emma Wasley lives in Athens, Georgia, with her family. She enjoys spending time outside exploring nature, and learning about animals. She does not have any pets, but hopes to have a dog or cat someday soon. She also enjoys spending time with her family, making art, and writing and drawing in her extensive assortment of notebooks.