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Jayla’s Jaunts (860L) is an exciting adventure series about a fun-loving, tree-climbing little girl and her whimsical auntie who expresses herself through rhyme and totes a “tiny glittered purse” that holds countless wonders. Together, they travel and explore the culture and history of every place they go. In this first book, Jayla’s Jaunts: All About Alabama, the reader is introduced to the main characters as they journey through the “Heart of Dixie,” thanks to Jayla’s fateful spin of her auntie’s magic globe. The iconic places and people Jayla learns about in this book include the Edmund Pettus Bridge, The Tuskegee Airmen, Rosa Parks, and more. With engaging storytelling infused with rich, eye-catching illustrations this book is a must-have for the young readers in your life. ON SALE NOW
Jayla’s Jaunts: Adventures In Alaska (860L) gives Jayla and Auntie Yah-Yah an opportunity to literally fly through the great outdoors as they bathe themselves in the light of the Aurora Borealis. In this vibrant tale Jayla also learns about the daunting work carried out by a group from the Army Corps of Engineers as they built the first highway connecting Alaska “to the lower 48.” ON SALE NOW
Jayla’s Jaunts: Arizona Antics takes Jayla and her Auntie Yah-Yah to the Arizona desert where they learn about the Navajo Nation. They also curiously watch a lady dig a very conspicuous hole… one that turns into an underground house away from “the critters and the heat” and becomes the talk of the town!
Jayla’s Jaunts: Agog & Awe In Arkansas is quite the history hop as Auntie Yah-Yah teaches her niece about the Little Rock 9, and Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the first Black Surgeon General. They also visit the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and learn about its humble beginnings with founders, “freedmen, Chester and John.”
SCHEDULED PUBLICATION: Winter 2020
NOW IN THE AUTHOR’S QUILL AND INKWELL…
Jayla’s Jaunts: Cruisin’ Down California
Life can’t get any more fun for Jayla than riding down the Pacific Coast Highway in a purple drop-top with the wind “whipping through her hair like a rocket!” Stay tuned to learn about Jayla’s and her Auntie Yah-Yah’s stops along the way.
IN OTHER BOOKS…
Boutep and Tah-Tah Take a Train
In the eyes of two and three-year-olds, the wonders never cease. After traveling from their small village halfway around the globe, Boutep and his brother, Tah-Tah marvel at all the new curiosities they witness on a big city subway. Guided by the wisdom of their mother, the boys learn what a big world there is to see.
SCHEDULED PUBLICATION: TBA