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Sanya Gragg

Sanya Whittaker Gragg has always had a passion for working with and inspiring kids. The native Nashvillian holds degrees from the University of Memphis, Georgia State University and the University of Southern California. Raising two black sons prompted her to write her debut children’s book which helps parents have “the talk” on interacting with police. It was featured in Essence, Huffington Post, and The Undefeated. The picture book received a starred review from The School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews called it “a heartbreakingly, necessary work.” Her follow up title addresses bullying and her two most recent titles are based on her precocious, yet spunky “Tulsa Surprise” daughter. Sanya resides just north of Chicago with her husband and empty nester crasher, Saniyah.
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Writing About Controversial Topics in Children’s Books

I am the first to admit that writing about controversial topics in children’s books can be a little scary. In 2017, I self-published my first book- - a children’s picture book. Not a happy, fluffy unicorn with rainbows type of book; a book about a very real and serious topic. One of those topics you really don’t want to have with your kids, but you know it’s your responsibility to do so. My book, “Momma, Did You Hear the News?,” helps parents have the difficult conversation known in the African-American community as “the talk.” It helps kids remember what to do if approached by law enforcement.  

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