Local author promotes reading and representation

PHOTO: A gathering of children, parents and grandparents listen quietly as Nikki Smith reads her newest book, “Noelle at Sea”

By Eve Brunette,

BlueDevilHUB.com Staff-

Local children’s author Nikki Smith presented her two new children’s books on Feb. 1 at Avid Reader, coinciding with the start of Black History Month and World Read Aloud Day.

Smith’s two books “Ann Fights for Freedom” and “Noelle at Sea” are part of a new children’s series named “Girls Survive” that centers around historical events such as the Underground Railroad and the Titanic. Smith’s books take a new perspective featuring young girls of color as the leads.

“I want kids specifically to see themselves in books – and for this series I want to see girls feeling empowered to make a difference in the world,” Smith said.

LISTEN to Smith explain how her interest in writing was sparked:

In the Avid Reader, children with their parents and grandparents filled the rows of chairs, some of the younger children opting for the carpeted floor. Children and adults alike listened with intent as Smith read aloud from “Noelle at Sea” with enthusiasm.

LISTEN to Smith reading a part of “Noelle at Sea”:

“I just want people to love reading,” Smith said.

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