Holiday Book Recommendations

With the holidays coming up I wanted to share books written by my amazing guests. These are all books that I have read and highly recommend as gifts. Please note the descriptions as these books have specific age ranges they are catered towards.

Markita Staples-Green

Markita was a guest on the podcast last year and spoke about how important it was for her to create a board book series that highlighted proper representation of people of color. While raising her two young girls she created “The Curly Crew” book series. These books are great for children ages 1-8. The series is also great for early readers! Listed below are just 4 out of her current 6 book series.

To learn more about Markita Staples-Green click here.

Aram Kim

I just interview Aram Kim and one of the things I love most about her books is that it represents her Korean culture. Aram uses universal themes while incorporating her culture into her storytelling. Whether it’s finding kimchi to be too spicy to learning all about the Lunar New Year, her books are fun, creative and great for children ages 3-7.

To learn more about Aram Kim click here.

Cherie Animashaun

Cherie Animashaun created two different versions of her journal; Compass: Her Steps in the Right Direction. One of the versions is target towards teenagers while the other one is made for adults. The goal of these journals is to help empower, track goals and be guided through your mental health.

Charity Alyse

Charity Alyse released her debut novel this past November. “Other Side of the Tracks” takes you on an emotional journey following three main characters as they navigate racial differences, young love and following their big dreams. Charity’s descriptive writing brings each character and setting to life. This book, though listed as fiction is very much realistic in the way it focuses on racial division. I would be lying if I said I didn’t laugh, cry and stress over the plot of this story. Due to the storylines this book is recommended for high schoolers and above.

Other Side of the Tracks by Charity Alyse.

To learn more about Charity Alyse click here

Rick Werry

Rick Werry had married his college sweetheart and was in the process of building his dream home when an accident altered the future he expected to have. Rick shares his journey of him waking up from a drug induced coma to find out that he was paralyzed from the neck down. The journey wasn’t always easy, but Rick shares the good, the hard, and the beauty that came from his accident. This book is best suited for those 18 and above due to the topics discussed.

Red Letter Days by Rick Werry.

To learn more about Rick Werry click here.


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